John Giduck

Author, Speaker, Anti-Terrorism Training and Consulting


John Giduck in BeslanJohn Giduck is a second generation Ukrainian-American who has traveled, worked and studied extensively in Russia and the former Soviet Union for almost twenty years.  His early work in the Soviet Union involved serving as a delegate with the American Bar Association at the First U.S.-Soviet Bi-Lateral Conference on Economic and Legal Development in Moscow.

John Giduck has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Logistics from Penn State and a law degree from the University of Denver.  He also earned a Master of Social Sciences degree, specializing in Russian studies, from the University of Colorado, which included completion of the Russian Culture and Language Program at the Smolniy Institute of St. Petersburg State University in Russia.  His thesis dealt with the history of Russian Organized Crime, current criminal enterprises and their impact on U.S. businesses operating there.  An instructor at several colleges for 5 years, he developed and taught the first college accredited course on Russian Organized Crime in the Criminal Justice Department of Metropolitan State University in Denver, and led a group of U.S. criminal justice students and law enforcement professionals on a month long program on Russian law enforcement and intelligence in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, Estonia, which included lectures in and a tour of the KGB’s Lubyanka headquarters.

In 2011 he received his Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from Kings College in London.  His dissertation was on the evolution of jihadist terrorist mass-hostage siege tactics throughout the world.

In the past he was general counsel to a U.S.-Russian Trading Company, a panel expert on Russia and Russian Organized Crime at several World Affairs Conferences, and lectured and consulted on Russian Organized Crime, and Terrorism and Global Organized Crime, to many law enforcement associations and agencies around the United States, including the F.B.I. National Academy Program, DEA, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, as well as private security organizations.  He has also trained U.S. state and federal law enforcement officers and agents, including DEA, FBI, US Marshal’s Service, SWAT teams and countless police departments on various aspects of jihadist terrorism.

He has worked in more than twenty countries, including the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, the Chechen War Theater, southern Sudan, southern Thailand, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Mumbai, India, and the Republic of Georgia during the Russian invasion and occupation of 2008.  He holds the highest Homeland Security certification with the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, a division of the American College of Forensic Examiners, and was a recipient of that group’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and its former Colorado state Coordinator for Emergency Preparation and Response Teams, and member of its Executive Advisory Board, as well as an executive board member of the former Police Marksman Magazine.

John Giduck is a lifetime honorary member of the Special Operations Association, and was awarded that organization’s Special Service Award in 2003.  He is also a member of the Russian Special Forces Brotherhood of the Red Beret Association, is a lifetime executive member of the British Professional Bodyguard Association, and a graduate of the first class of the Denver FBI Citizen’s Academy.  He is a current member of the Advisory Board of the College of Disaster Medicine and Management of Philadelphia University.

In addition to other published materials and articles on terrorism, Russian organized crime and close quarters tactics, John Giduck is a well-respected author and finished his book, Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy With Lessons for America’s Schools, in 2005.  His second book, co-authored with Green Beret Sergeant Major John Anderson, entitled The Green Beret In You: Living With Total Commitment To Family, Career, Sports and Life, was published in 2007.  In early 2011 he co-authored Shooter Down! The Dramatic Untold Story of the Police Response to the Virginia Tech Massacre, along with Police Commissioner Joseph M. Bail, Jr.  In December 2011 he released his latest book, When Terror Returns: The History and Future of Terrorist Mass-Hostage Sieges.  John is currently working on his next book on the terror attacks in Mumbai, India in November 2008.

John is a 32nd degree Freemason and member of the ancient order of the Knights Templar.  He is a black belt holder, is a multiple inductee into two international martial arts halls of fame, and trained with Russia’s elite special forces units annually for more than 10 years during which he became a certified instructor in Russian special forces hand-to-hand combat.  In 1980 he was co-captain of Penn State’s National Collegiate Weightlifting Championship Team, and in 1984 won the U.S. Open Weightlifting Championships in addition to receiving the Outstanding Lifter Award.  Over the years he won or placed in numerous other state, regional and national weightlifting championships.
John Giduck devotes his professional time to the Archangel Group, Ltd., providing anti-terrorism consulting and training to U.S. law enforcement, government and military, part of which included, for several years, John having served as a civilian contract instructor in hand-to-hand combat and firearms to the 10th Special Forces Group through the REACT® program he and Special Forces Sergeant Major (ret.) John A. Anderson created, as well as providing training to such units as the Delta Force.  As part of his work with Archangel, John Giduck has also helped create and instruct in such programs as scuba, tactical diving, terrorist-hostage negotiations, terrorism and global organized crime, Russian organized crime, terrorist mass-hostage siege, Virginia Tech, Mumbai and Beslan terror attack courses.  In January 2012 he was hired to assist in creating the international intelligence section of the Narcotics & Intelligence Unit of the City of Chester (PA) Police Department and also serves as a training coordinator.

Contact John Giduck
If you would like to send a direct message to John Giduck or engage him for a speaking or training engagement please contact him via Archangel Group.

Archangel Group Limited,
PO Box 16850, Golden, CO 80402
Phone: +1 (303) 215 0779
Fax: +1 (303) 215 0780
Or you can visit the Archangel Group web site.

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