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Hi. I'm Scott Carmichael. I was born in the State of Wisconsin and, yes, I will forever be a die-hard Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin Badgers fan. But my journey through life has taken me far from the place of my birth in the small farming community of Fort Atkinson. I spent four years in the service of our country as a U.S. Navy enlisted man during the Vietnam War. I was a Chinese-Mandarin linguist then, posted to small communications stations located in the Philippines and Okinawa, though I occasionally volunteered for temporary assignments on board American submarines operating secretly in the Tonkin Gulf and the South China Sea. The crews of USS Wahoo (SS-565) and her sister boat USS Gudgeon (SS-568), introduced me to the real Navy - the pig-boat Navy, and developed within me a greater understanding and appreciation for the concepts of teamwork, comradery, commitment, and - the stench of diesel fuel, which permeates the body and remains deeply etched at least within my memory banks to this day. Following discharge from the Navy, I obtained a BA degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Washington, in Seattle. Beautiful city. Met some of the most memorable and wonderful people imaginable during my stay there, and I miss them. But I returned to Wisconsin after graduation - to become a cop. I served as a police officer in my mother's hometown of Edgerton for a period of approximately 7 years, and learned while so employed virtually everything that I now know..about people. Priceless knowledge. Invaluable. That experience, that education as a police officer has since served me very well indeed. Because my business today is all about people, and what makes them tick. In 1984, I assumed new duties as a Special Agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, NCIS. That was before the service became the focus of its own TV show. I specialized in Foreign Counterintelligence, and spent a couple of years stationed at the Naval Base on Treasure Island, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Wow. Go there, if ever you have the opportunity. It is a long ways from cow country, believe me. Then I married, and in 1986 moved to Washington DC, where I accepted assignment to NCIS headquarters. Two years later, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) developed an organic capability to find spies within its ranks - and hired me as one of a number of specialists to perform that mission for the agency. That has been my calling, ever since. I have accumulated a total 25 years employment as a Special Agent of DIA, and serve today as the senior security and counterintelligence investigator for the agency. I sometimes work alone, but more often work in cooperation with agents of the FBI and/or the military service investigative agencies to resolve counterintelligence issues which impact DIA - and, I do other things as well. Whatever the boss asks of me. In 2007, the Naval Institute Press published my first book, True Believer, and in 2010, published my second, Moon Men Return. I have others in the works. And that is me. My biography. I do not consider myself to be a writer by trade. I am an investigator who happens to write, and I love doing so whenever I have the time or feel the inclination. I suppose I will continue to write until people tell me to stop. Thanks.