Brig Barker, is the Director of Counter-Terrorism and Chair of Counter-Terrorism on the Academic Advisory Board. Special Agent (SA) Brig Barker recently retired after 21 years as a counter-terrorism agent with the FBI.
During his FBI career he spent the majority of his time on a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) with extensive overseas deployments. He originally spent five years working as a case agent on a JTTF where he was a SWAT operator and FBI certified sniper.
Further, SA Barker was a JTTF Squad Supervisor and Counter-terrorism Program Coordinator in two separate divisions. In addition, SA Barker was selected and served as the embedded Senior FBI Advisor at DOD Special Operations Command. During his career with the FBI, he conducted numerous Counter-terrorism deployments throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.K.
In 2014, he completed a deployment to Tunisia. SA Barker further deployed to Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda in 1998 as part of the Al Qaida Embassy Bombings investigation, as well as to Cairo, Egypt immediately after the attacks on 9/11/2001. In 2006, SA Barker opened the Freetown, Sierra Leone LEGAT office. He further was the primary Counter-terrorism Interrogation instructor for the FBI Training Division for two years during which he developed the RQRD Interrogation technique. During this time he was also a primary instructor for the FBI National Academy program wherein he taught a course on Counter-terrorism strategies for local law enforcement. SA Barker is an FBI trained Arabic speaker and is conversational in Farsi and German. He developed and has taught Survival Arabic for Law Enforcement for the past 10 years.
He has 10+ Counter-terrorism articles professionally published in Law Enforcement and DOD publications to include the primary Interrogation article for the West Point Counter-terrorism textbook, Terrorism and Political Islam. His Masters thesis, “Decoding the Language of Jihad”, a comprehensive study in Islamic statement analysis and exegesis, was published in Middle East Quarterly. His most recent articles include, “ISIS: Nothing new under the sun” and “Salafi/Takfiri Micro-Theology: The Non Illusive And Motivational Ideology Behind Jihadist Attacks In The 21st Century.”
Prior to the FBI, SA Barker spent five years as a Ranger and Jumpmaster qualified Army officer with the majority of his time in the 82nd Airborne. He deployed as a Weapons Company Executive Officer to Northern Iraq in 1991 as part of a Low Intensity Conflict operation.