Fred Burton is one of the worldâ€™s foremost authorities on security, terrorists, and terrorist organizations. As vice president for counterterrorism and corporate security at Stratfor, an influential private intelligence company, Mr. Burton oversees the terrorism intelligence service and consults with clients on issues that affect personal safety. He leads a team of terrorism experts and a global network of human intelligence sources to analyze and forecast the most significant events and trends related to terrorism and counterterrorism.
Before joining Stratfor, Mr. Burton served as a special agent in counterterrorism for the U.S. Department of State, where he was involved in many high-profile operations. He orchestrated the arrest of Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing, and investigated cases such as the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the killing of Rabbi Meir Kahane, al Qaedaâ€™s pre-9/11 plots to bomb New York City, and the Libyan-backed terrorist attacks against diplomats in Sanaa and Khartoum. Mr. Burton also has served as the U.S. liaison officer to several international security, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies, providing consulting on global intelligence and threat identification.