Steve Stratton: From Special Forces Intelligence to Cybersecurity Expert and Award-Winning Author

Welcome to another inspiring episode of “Wake Up With Patti Katter,” where we dive deep into the stories of those who have turned their challenges into opportunities for growth and success. Today, we’re honored to have Steve Stratton join us—a man whose life reads like an adventure novel, yet it’s all true. From his early days at the White House Communications Agency, supporting some of the most significant political figures in recent history, to earning the prestigious Green Beret and embarking on critical missions across the globe, Steve’s journey is nothing short of extraordinary. But his story doesn’t end there.

Transitioning into the civilian sector, Steve has become a sought-after advisor in cybersecurity, all while carving out a new path as an acclaimed author. His debut novel, “Shadow Tier,” not only showcases his literary talent but also earned him a 2023 Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. In this episode, Steve shares with us the trials he’s faced, the lessons learned, and how he continues to overcome challenges with resilience and triumph. Join us as we explore the remarkable life of Steve Stratton, a true testament to the spirit of perseverance and the power of storytelling. Steve’s official bio: Steve Stratton started his military career at the White House Communications Agency supporting the needs of President’s Ford and Carter, Vice President’s Rockefeller and Mondale and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

His work took him around the world introducing him to new cultures, ways of thinking, and the various agencies tasked with projecting and protecting American interests abroad. The jump to the US Secret Service was an easy transition but after several years and an election campaign, Steve left for the commercial sector. Steve was awarded his Green Beret in 1986. From the 80’s through 2000 he deployed with 20th Special Forces on counter-drug and training missions in the SOUTHCOM region. His civilian contractor time includes support for USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, and several intelligence agencies. Today he is retired but advising cyber security companies that support the warfighter and intelligence community. When he is not writing, you can find him mountain biking, trout fishing, or hunting in Colorado. His first novel, Shadow Tier, was named a 2023 Bronze Medal winner by the Military Writers Society of America.

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