Shawn Engbrecht is one of the world's leading experts on Private Military Companies. Mr. Engbrecht is a veteran of the Special Operations Command with a combat jump into Panama and behind the lines service in the Persian Gulf war. He has deployed extensively in South America as Chief of Protection Detail for Fortune 500 CEO's as the quintessential "bodyguard". Shawn has worked every position in Private Security, from turret gunner to project manager and is often asked to appear on the media such as ABC World News,CBS, MSNBC, and in addition has spoken on the BBC. He deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007. Unusual for an author, he was a personal participant in some of the combat covered in "America's Covert Warriors". 2008 saw him in Kenya training strike teams for interdiction operations on the Somalia border. Last year was spent in the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan, where he was embedded with combat formations while gathering information for his second book.
When he is not deployed, he works as the senior instructor at the Center for Advanced Security Studies, the world's premiere training facility for Protection Officers.
Still highly active though well into his 50's, Mr. Engbrecht teaches skydiving, scuba diving, and mountaineering is his spare time. He is married and divides his time between Florida, Europe, and East Africa.