David Danelo


Senior Fellow - Program on National Security

Research Areas:

Risk analysis, Mexico

David Danelo teaches and conducts field research, consults on international border management, investigates geopolitical risk, and writes about intersections between policy, security and culture.
Danelo graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 and was a Marine Corps infantry officer for seven years. In 2004, then-Captain Danelo served near Fallujah as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer. Since 2008, he has conducted field research and global risk analysis for the US State Department, Defense Department, Homeland Security, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and numerous private clients. From 2011-2012, he was the Executive Director, Policy and Planning, US Customs and Border Protection. He has also directed field research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and is affiliated faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Danelo’s first two books, Blood Stripes and The Border, are assigned reading in the US Marine Corps and US Border Patrol. His third book, The Return, is required reading for the Green Beret Foundation. His latest book, The Field Researcher’s Handbook, is a guide about traveling for fieldwork. He lives in West Texas.


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