Austin, Texas Chapter 179
Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

Chapter 179 is pleased to present, Fred Burton, Vice President of Intelligence, as our keynote speaker at the May, 2017 Law Enforcement Appreciation luncheon:


Fred Burton is one of the world's foremost authorities on security and terrorism. He oversees Stratfor's analysis of global security developments and consults with clients on security-related issues affecting their business assets or personal safety. He also guides the firm's coverage of situations involving terrorism, hostages and hijackings, and plane crashes. Before joining Stratfor, Mr. Burton was a counterterrorism agent with the U.S. State Department from 1985 to 1999.

During his 14-year career, Mr. Burton was involved in many high-profile investigations including:

  • The search for Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing, resulting in his arrest
  • The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
  • The killing of Rabbi Meir Kahane and al Qaeda's New York City bombing plots before 9/11
  • Libyan-backed terrorist attacks against diplomats in Sanaa and Khartoum
  • The deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

Mr. Burton was deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service, where he was in charge of preventing and investigating attacks against diplomatic personnel and facilities. While a Stratfor analyst, he was appointed to the Border Security Council and served as the Assistant Director for Intelligence & Counterterrorism at the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Mr. Burton is the author of three books, including the best-selling memoir, GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent (Random House, 2008), in which he tells the story of his role in the fight against the burgeoning terrorist threat in the 1980s and beyond. His second book, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice (Palgrave, 2011), follows his 35-year quest to solve the case of an Israeli diplomat assassinated in Mr. Burton's childhood neighborhood. His latest book, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi (St. Martin's, 2013), is a New York Times best-seller and provides the first detailed account of the infamous assault in Libya in September, 2012.

Mr. Burton has been featured as a terrorism and security expert in numerous media outlets, including ABC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Show, NBC's The Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR, Al Jazeera English, FOX News and the Financial Times.


Thursday May 18, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Maggiano's Little Italy 
10910 Domain Dr.
Di Carlo Meeting Room
(Parking in the garage)
Austin, TX 78758

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Lisa Gutierrez 
ASIS Chapter 179 
(512) 721-9098 

Thank you for your support and participation in 2017.  We are off to a great start.  Please visit our website for updates on current events.

Please reserve your seat early

Members and Guests:
Using the Register Now link below you may Pre-Register until midnight on Wednesday, May, 17th so we can better prepare the seating and our menu choices. For this month's meeting we will be ordering off of our house menu at Maggiano's.   

Prepaid Members:
Members who have prepaid meals for the entire year are automatically registered for every Monthly Chapter Meeting.  If you are unable to attend one of the monthly meetings - you can pass along your prepaid spot to a potential guest or colleague as long as they have paid their annual ASIS dues.      

We look forward to seeing you!

Robert Rangel
ASIS 179 - Chapter Chair | | 512.721.9098