David J. Danelo writes about international affairs, consults on border security and management, investigates geopolitical risk, advocates for and coaches U.S. military veterans, and conducts global field research.A 1998 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Danelo served seven years as a Marine Corps infantry officer, including a 2004 Iraq deployment as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer. After leaving the Marines, Danelo‘s initial freelance assignments came in 2005, when he reported on U.S. military strategy from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti, from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and postwar observations from Vietnam for a widely read U.S./Vietnamese newspaper. From 2006-2007, Danelo edited an Iraq War blog and wrote for the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Marine Corps Gazette, Military.com, and Parade Magazine. In June 2011, Danelo was appointed to direct policy and planning within the Department of Homeland Security. While serving in government, he stabilized and led a policy and planning team, helped create the U.S. Border Patrol‘s four year strategic plan, and developed U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s first-ever integrated planning guidance, enabling agency leaders to align five year funding projections with U.S. national security strategy. He returned to the private sector in August 2012. Today, David Danelo writes about international affairs and conducts global field research for the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Danelo also consults independently on international border management and geopolitical risk investigation, and sits on the strategic advisory board for the Balkan Security Agenda. Finally, Danelo selectively coaches transitioning combat veterans who seek an entrepreneurial path. He teaches warriors to apply courage in civilian life, encourages them to interpret post-traumatic stress as an asset instead of a disorder, and is at work on a related writing project.