There is something that doesn’t exist but seems remarkably common among military posers. I call it the “poser Playbook” because almost all of them go through almost the exact same process but usually still arrive at the same end state. John Giduck is going through the same process but, in this case, I am going to congratulate him.
John Giduck has drastically rewritten his speaker bio. The apparently new 2012 version more closely resembles the approach that John Giduck took in his 2004 speaker bio before he got all “space shuttle tail gunner”-ish and stuff.
Here is John Giduck speaker bio for the conference
John has a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State and a law degree from the University of Denver. He also earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, specializing in Russian studies, from the University of Colorado, which included completion of the Russian Culture and Language Program at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. In 2011 he completed his Ph.D. in Middle East Studies at King’s College London. His dissertation was on the evolution of jihadist terrorist mass-hostage siege tactics throughout the world.
John has traveled and worked throughout the world, including almost two decades working in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has provided training for U.S. state and federal law enforcement, government agencies and special operations military units. He is a current member of the Advisory Board of the College of Disaster Medicine and Management of Philadelphia University, and teaches master’s level terrorism courses there. He has authored several books: Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy With Lessons for America’s Schools; The Green Beret In You: Living With Total Commitment To Family, Career, Sports and Life, co-authored with Green Beret Sergeant Major John Anderson; and has just completed Shooter Down! The Dramatic, Untold Story of the Police Response to the Virginia Tech Massacre, along with Major Joseph M. Bail. In December 2011 his most recent book was released, When Terror Returns: The History and Future of Terrorist Mass-Hostage Sieges. He is currently working on a book about the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India in November 2008.
Everything in the bio is verifiably true! That alone deserves a *golf clap*. Some changes I am genuinely happy to see
1) Focus on the academic…because that is what John Giduck is. He is a scholar not an action guy.
2) No false military stuff….Russian or US
3) No counterterrorism claims or meaningless certificates
Another *golf clap*. Is John Giduck still milking taxpayers and attendees? I believe so but at least he is doing so with verifiable credentials for a change. Pimp pimp hooray!
Since the presentation site is close to my home, I’m planning to actually be there to see John Giduck in all of his presenting glory…no kidding, I will be quietly sitting and listening…with perhaps a photo to post here on the blog. That way, I will be able to rebut any claims that I haven’t seen him. If Joe Bail, I’ll simply have to sit close to him. ..and try not giggle like schoolgirl throughout the seminar.
I view this as positive change coming about only as a result of pressure on John Giduck…and clearly there is pressure coming from someplace to have made him change it.