(Originally broadcast 19 Nov 2020.) In 2016, Rich Higgins sent a memo to President Trump warning of anti-American groups’ intentions. For that, he was dismissed by General McMasters. Though still vilified in the media over his words, Rich’s expertise in issues of national security makes him highly credible. Enjoy this in-depth interview on these matters with the author of “The Memo.”
Rich was Vice President of Intelligence & National Security for RED, LLC, a company that develops, tests and evaluates new combat capabilities for special operations, intelligence and irregular warfare missions. He is an expert on the nexus between theological doctrines and information age unconventional warfare and has spent 20 years combating terrorism. Now a Senior Fellow in Americans for Intelligence Reform, he remains active in the intelligence world.
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From 2011 to 2013, Rich managed a classified project for Special Operations Command (SOCOM). From 2010 to 2011, he served as the Chair of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict at the National Defense University.
In 2004, Rich formed the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Irregular Warfare Support (IWS) program office and served as the organization’s first Program Manager until June 2010. In this role he was directly responsible for the creation of several new strategic and operational capabilities.