Soldier, bestselling author, Fox News, CNN, and One America News Network national security expert Brigadier General (U.S. Army, Retired) and is recognized as one of the nation's most respected voices in foreign policy and public service
Tony “A.J.” Tata is the bestselling author of 7 thriller fiction novels, including the popular Jake Mahegan series published by Kensington Books. His March 2017 novel, Besieged, was a national bestseller and his newest release, Direct Fire, is due in stores and online December 26 2017. His fifth novel, Foreign & Domestic was a finalist for the prestigious literary Barry Award for best thriller. Tony is a former army paratrooper and brigadier general who earned the combat action badge and bronze star during his last combat tour in Afghanistan in 2006-07. After a 28-year career in the military, he also served as the Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools and the Secretary of Transportation of North Carolina. Presently he is the President of KaylaTek, LLC, a defense, transportation, and energy consulting and contract services company. He is the national security expert for One America News Network and a frequent guest commentator on Fox News and CNN. Tony lives in downtown Wilmington and can often be found 100 yards offshore by Crystal Pier on his surfboard.
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