Bill Cowan is a highly decorated, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran, where he spent 3 1/2 years on combat assignments. In the early 80’s following terrorist events in Beirut, he become one of the first members in the Pentagon’s most classified counterterrorist unit, the Intelligence Support Activity. Throughout the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s he participated in numerous special activities and operations into Central America, Europe, and the Middle East, dealing with terrorists and terrorism, most notably working against Hezbollah, Iran, and the Syrians.
After the events of 9/11, Bill was called back to government service in support of special programs and activities of national priority related to intelligence, counterterrorism and military special operations. In that capacity he made numerous trips overseas, including 13 trips to Iraq after U.S. forces were pulled out in 2012.
Bill is well known in the media. Besides over 4,000 appearances as a Fox News Channel contributor, he has appeared three times on “60 Minutes”; has appeared on every major network to give analysis on matters of terrorism; has been featured in four TV documentaries aired on the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, A&E TV, and PBS; and has written dozens of editorial and opinion pieces for various U.S. newspapers.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Distinguished Graduate of the Defense Intelligence College.