Brian Fairchild was a career CIA case officer for over nineteen years. He ran clandestine operations under nonofficial (NOC) and official cover in CIA stations in Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including an assignment as chief of base in a “denied area”.

In 1998, Brian testified before Congress as a subject matter expert on a blue-ribbon counter-terrorism panel.

During the decade immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Brian trained over 10,000 FBI, CIA, military personnel, as well as state and local police intelligence officers on the terrorist threat.

In 2009, he worked one-on-one with His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi, then Crown Prince (now Ruler) of the emirate of Ras al Khaimah, UAE, to create a total-immersion cultural course for US military personnel.

From July 2011 to December 2012, Brian served in Kabul, Afghanistan where he mentored Afghan National Police intelligence officers for ISAF’s Afghan Intelligence Transition Directorate (AITD). He held a Top-Secret clearance from the Department of Defense until 2016.

Brian researches and writes articles on national security, intelligence, and terrorism, and is the author of the new spy thriller, The Hidden.

The Todorovich Plan

Military. School. Language.

Airborne Trooper 625

Fort Benning, GA

Paratrooper's motto: All the way!

Silver Wings

The Paratroopers mark of distinction


19th Special Forces Group

Green Beret all the way!

The Special Forces Motto: De Oppresso Liber (To liberate from oppression)

Dual Major

International Relations and Asian Studies

Following Mike Todorovich's advice

Foreign Exchange Student

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Fluency in Mandarin Chinese

Success of the Todorovich Plan! A career at CIA – 1976 – 1995

Nineteen years undercover as a case officer

Served in seven stations and bases

Worked as a street case officer as well as a manager

Worked under Nonofficial cover (NOC) as well as official (diplomatic) cover

My home during 2009 – Ras al Khaima, UAE

His Highness

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qassimi

Then Crown Prince, now Ruler of the Emirate of Ras al Khaima

Headquarters of the Sheikh's Local Guard Group

Relaxing with my neighbors in the noncom mess

Meeting with Bedouin tribal chiefs

My close friend and personal assistant Hussein

Dining with Hussein's family

Commanding officer Omran and his staff

Hanging with my friend Obaid

Afghanistan June 2011 – December 2012

Worked for a year and a half as a mentor to Afghan National Police officers

Lived and worked outside the Green Zone