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Anthony Tata’s Masters in International Relations has informed his value as an analyst for the media like Fox News and CNN.  Tata also studied for a second Masters Degree in Military Art and Science in Strategic Planning, which he earned from the United States Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies in 1993.  Tata added the title of National Security Fellow to his resume from his attendance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Work experience

October 2013Present

Writer/Author of Thriller Fiction

Kensington Books/Pinnacle


Kensington Books:
Besieged, February, 2017
Three Minutes to Midnight, April, 2016
Foreign and Domestic, February, 2015

Trident Media Group:
Mortal Threat, January, 2015

Variance Publishing:
Hidden Threat, 2011
Rogue Threat, 2010
Sudden Threat, 2009

Books consistently in Top 100 Political Thrillers on Kindle


* "A Fight for Lodgment: Future Joint Contingency Operations," Joint Forces Quarterly, Spring 2996
* Airborne Operations in Operational Maneuver, School of Advanced Military Studies, book, 1993
* Fire and Maneuver, School of Advanced Military Studies, book, 1992.

May 2015Present

Advisory Board Member

Academy Securities

Serves as an advisory board member of Academy Securities with an emphasis on providing national security updates to investors and shareholders.

2011January 2016

Advisory Board Member

X2 Biosystems
January 2013July 2015


North Carolina Department of Transportation

Served in Governor’s Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation for North Carolina. Led a 12,000-employee organization with an annual budget over $4.5B. Responsible for 88,000 miles of highways (second largest in the nation), 22 ferry boats on seven routes (also second largest in nation), 72 airports, 99 transit systems, statewide railroads, bicycle and pedestrian routes, the Global TransPark in Kinston, two ports at Morehead City and Wilmington (with annual revenue of $45m), the NC Turnpike Authority, and the Division of Motor Vehicles. Led the effort to negotiate a deal to rebuild the Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks, transform US 17 and 70 into future interstates, begin early construction on the Asheboro Bypass and Greenville Loop, break the stalemate on the Monroe Bypass, and turn the Ports at Morehead City and Wilmington profitable. Introduced legislation to transform highway funding and increase efficiency of DMV.

January 2011September 2012


Wake County Public Schools

Led the 16th largest school system in the country with 151,000 students, 169 schools, and 18,000 employees. Managed the $1.25B budget to give teachers a bonus and county supplement pay raise while having to cut nearly $25m due to fiscal constraints. Increased academic achievement for all students by conducting over 800 listening sessions, enhancing curriculum in non-magnet schools with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) or Language and Global Culture enrichment, focusing Title I funding in high needs schools, increasing the number of highly qualified teacher assistants, and creating high demand schools such as Hilburn Drive K-8, Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy, Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy, and beginning the early college partnership with Wake Tech and Wake County to develop a Career Technical High School. For the first time in Wake County history, low income students scored above the state average for their subgroup as determined by No Child Left Behind. The district had positive gains in 19 of 20 state Department of Public Instruction measurable areas. Using computer modeling as a predictor of success, we significantly increased the number of students taking Algebra I by the 8th grade while the system simultaneously saw a positive increase in student performance in that subject. Added three new JROTC programs to the district at Garner, Knightdale and Enloe High Schools, extending the availability of those high demand programs to the southern and eastern parts of Wake County.

June 2009January 2011

Chief Operations Officer

Washington, DC Public Schools

Served as the Chief Operations Office of Washington, DC Public Schools from Jun 2009 to Jan 2011. Responsible for technology, school support, maintenance, nutrition services, warehouse, and all business related functions. Served as a member of the leadership team with Chancellor Michelle Rhee that transformed student learning in DC Public Schools.

2007July 2009

Brigadier General: Deputy Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization

US Army

* Synchronized industry, technology and defense operations and training to counter existing and future IED threats that service members face in combat.
* Managed and oversaw 100 programs, training and operations projects. Assisted in oversight of a $4.6B budget.
* Led development of strategic plan that reduced improvised explosive devices in Iraq by 70%.
* Increased Improvised Explosive Device training in Afghanistan to 20,000 soldiers per year
* Developed detailed operations and training strategy guiding the investment of nearly 50% of the organization's $4.6B budget, primarily in innovative programs
* Acted as regular contributor on television, radio and print media, and briefed the House Armed Services Committee and individual members of Congress, resulting in continued funding and support


Brigadier General: Deputy Commanding General, 10th Mtn Div and Joint Task Force-76, Afghanistan

US Army

* Served as deputy commander for support of an 18,000 soldier combat division and a 25,000 warfighter joint task force
* Responsible for the supply chain, deployment, training, sustainment, budget oversight and operations for the division while at Fort Drum, NY and in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
* Planned and led the deployment of over 15,000 soldiers and gear to Afghanistan and Iraq
* Led and managed without incident the contentious Bagram Theater Internment Facility as well as the Joint Logistics Command, Combat Aviation Brigade, Military Police Battalion, Engineer Group, and other essential combat support
* While in combat, developed a contract review board that analyzed over $500M in contracts, reduced contract costs and inefficiency by 20%, and applied the savings to essential projects for the development of Afghanistan
* Developed the 10-year financial plan for Bagram Air Base, to include over $700M in phased construction of facilities; approved all engineering projects over $1M and oversaw a $200M operational budget


Colonel: Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff

U.S. Army, Office of the Chief of Staff

Served as the primary advisor and assistant to the 4 star general who is the equivalent of the chief operating officer of the Army.

* Assisted in the execution of a $160B budget
* Assisted the Vice Chief of Staff, Army, in the planning and management of the largest deployment of forces since World War II
* Shaped all Vice Chief of Staff congressional, industry, service and civilian engagements to ensure effective strategic communications

Colonel: Deputy Director, Joint Experimentation

US Army

* Acted as deputy to the director of and 800-person military and civilian effort charged with studying business transformation and ways to effectively transform all four military services.
* Directly responsible for a $110M budget



Fellow, Broad Superintendents Academy, Education Management

Broad Center for the Management of School Systems

National Security Senior Fellow, National Security

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Master of Science, Military Art and Science Strategic Planning

School of Advanced Military Studies

Master of Arts, International Relations

The Catholic University of America

Bachelor of Science, Military Studies

United States Military Academy at West Point