CJ Evolution Podcast: Christopher Strom - Retired NYPD Intelligence COP & Best Selling Author of Brooklyn to Baghdad


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Such an honor to have Christopher Strom on the show. Chris is a former US. Marine and Retired Sergeant with the NYPD Intelligence Division. In 2007, Chris was recruited by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), a government agency that devised top-secret strategies for combating IED’s in Iraq in Afghanistan. As the lead tactical debriefing officer, he participated in over 110 combat missions and 91 captures of high-value targets (HVT’s) in Southern Iraq and performed more than 200 Battlefield Interrogations.

Chris details his journey in his best-selling book Brooklyn to Baghdad an NYPD Intelligence Cop Fights Terror in Iraq. In his book, Chris applies his street-cop tactics and interrogation skills against a lethal insurgency that had infected Iraq. A group of retired Special Forces soldiers and law enforcement experts came together to form the counterinsurgency group codenamed “Phoenix Team.” Exposing the corruption of both the Iraqi and US governments, the team faced serious setbacks and challenges. Brooklyn to Baghdad shows the effectiveness of Phoenix Team, their ability to process forensic evidence and human intelligence gleaned through interrogations at the point of capture to provide direct targeting for follow-on missions. This memoir also illustrates the politics of Washington, DC, and the US Army in the war-fighting effort, which continually hampered complete success while simultaneously preserving career aspirations. Throughout are many humorous and emotional anecdotes that reveal the men behind the missions and the toll the theater of war takes on real human lives

Such a great interview with an American Hero.

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