Cdr Richard Marcinko at Intelligence Summitt
Cdr. Richard Marcinko, USN (Ret.)
Former Navy SEAL
Cdr. USN. Ret. Richard Marcinko (born November 21, 1940 in Lansford, Pennsylvania), who is commonly known as the Rogue Warrior (also the title of his best-selling book), is one of the United States’ most accomplished and recognized special operations experts, with over 30 years of experience in a variety of specialties including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. He has a B.A. in International Relations from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey , California , and a M.A. in Political Science from Auburn University . He currently lives in the Alexandria , Virginia area.
After enlisting in the US Navy, Marcinko spent his early years in the Underwater Demolition Teams. Marcinko worked his way up to the rank of commander after two tours in Vietnam serving as a Navy SEAL. He also served as a Naval Attaché to Cambodia . He was the first commanding officer and founder father of the military’s premier counter-terrorist units: SEAL Team SIX. SEAL Team SIX engaged in highly classified missions from Central America to the Middle East, the North Sea to Africa and beyond. To gain the tactical advantage against terrorist, in 1985 Cdr. Marcinko founded RED CELL, the governments first and only anti-terrorism unit.
Commanding Red Cell, Marcinko was directed to use his team to test the Navy’s anti-terrorist capabilities. As a result he was able to infiltrate seemingly impenetrable, highly secured bases, nuclear submarines, ships and other purported “secure areas”, including the U.S. Presidential plane Air Force One. While fulfilling his duty and responsibility, Cdr. Marcinko embarrassed several superior officers. Those superior officers focused on the embarrassment instead of their security shortcomings. Their actions lead to Cdr. Marcinko’s subsequent conviction for misappropriation of funds and resources. His experiences led to The New York Times best-selling autobiography Rogue Warrior, and subsequent sequels, some of which are co-written with John Weisman. Among the claims Marcinko makes in his own voice under fictional headings is an assertion that his Red Cell successfully captured nuclear devices from U.S. Navy facilities, and proved the viability of plans to penetrate and attack nuclear-powered submarines, to destroy the subs by using them as improvised dirty bombs and to capture launch codes for nuclear weapons aboard the subs by using mild torture against personnel in custody of launch codes.
He is now CEO of REDCELL International, Corp. (RCI), a private security consulting firm based in Washington, DC, whose clients have included the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the White House Fellows and the U.S. Army War College, and also of Richard Marcinko, Inc. (RMI), a motivational and team-building company, which counts among its clients General Motors, AT&T, Domino’s Pizza, Motorola, BellSouth and several other Fortune 500 companies. Through Eastern Michigan University , Marcinko also provides graduate-level presentations on topics such as terrorism, security and the adaptation of modern technology. He has a politically conservative talk radio show America on Watch with Dick Marcinko which broadcasted live on Saturdays (5:00PM – 8:00PM EST). He has also recently become spokesperson for the Zodiac boat company’s Zodiac Maritime Training Academy.