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Rick Francona

Retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer, CNN Military Analyst, and Author

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 Rick Francona Biography

Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, having served with the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. His tours of duty include Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, with operational travel in virtually every country in the Middle East.

During the last year of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988, Rick served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as a liaison officer to the Iraqi armed forces intelligence service, where he served in the field with the Iraqi army and flew with the Iraqi Air Force. His personal observations were critical to discovering Iraqi chemical weapons use against Iranian troops. Throughout the first Gulf War he served as the personal interpreter and advisor on Iraq to General Norman Schwarzkopf. After the war, he served in northern Iraq with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he narrowly escaped an attempt on his life by Iraqi agents.

Since early 2003, Rick has been a Middle East military analyst for NBC News and can be seen regularly on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. In addition, Rick has spoken to numerous conventions and educational institutions.

“Iraq has so much potential – natural resources, water, ports, mountains, fertile valleys, educated population. It pains me to see the shape the country is in now.” Rick believes that we cannot accurately assess what is happening in Iraq – or the region – unless we know how the United States became involved.

Rick’s book, “Ally to Adversary,” details his experiences with the Iraqis, from working with them in Baghdad in the 1980’s, to fighting them in Desert Storm. Rick went on to participate in the attempt to overthrow Saddam Hussein in the 1990’s and was involved in the escape of an Iraqi scientist and his family from Iraq to freedom in the United States.

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Iraq – From the Ottomans to the Americans

An artificial country created in the aftermath of World War I combining disparate ethnic and religious groups, Iraq’s history is one of bloodshed – Turkish, British, Arab, Kurdish, Persian and now American. Rick Francona was personally involved in the relationship between Iraq and the United States since the 1980’s.

Not a history lesson, but a stimulating look at how and why the American relationship with Baghdad has brought us to where we are today. Often humorous, often critical, always pointed, Rick goes beyond the headlines and brings the story to life.

After all, he lived it.

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Rick Francona

Retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer, CNN Military Analyst, and Author

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La Quinta, CA, USA
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Rick Francona Biography

Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, having served with the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. His tours of duty include Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, with operational travel in virtually every country in the Middle East.

During the last year of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988, Rick served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as a liaison officer to the Iraqi armed forces intelligence service, where he served in the field with the Iraqi army and flew with the Iraqi Air Force. His personal observations were critical to discovering Iraqi chemical weapons use against Iranian troops. Throughout the first Gulf War he served as the personal interpreter and advisor on Iraq to General Norman Schwarzkopf. After the war, he served in northern Iraq with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he narrowly escaped an attempt on his life by Iraqi agents.

Since early 2003, Rick has been a Middle East military analyst for NBC News and can be seen regularly on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. In addition, Rick has spoken to numerous conventions and educational institutions.

“Iraq has so much potential – natural resources, water, ports, mountains, fertile valleys, educated population. It pains me to see the shape the country is in now.” Rick believes that we cannot accurately assess what is happening in Iraq – or the region – unless we know how the United States became involved.

Rick’s book, “Ally to Adversary,” details his experiences with the Iraqis, from working with them in Baghdad in the 1980’s, to fighting them in Desert Storm. Rick went on to participate in the attempt to overthrow Saddam Hussein in the 1990’s and was involved in the escape of an Iraqi scientist and his family from Iraq to freedom in the United States.

Presentation Topic

Iraq – From the Ottomans to the Americans

An artificial country created in the aftermath of World War I combining disparate ethnic and religious groups, Iraq’s history is one of bloodshed – Turkish, British, Arab, Kurdish, Persian and now American. Rick Francona was personally involved in the relationship between Iraq and the United States since the 1980’s.

Not a history lesson, but a stimulating look at how and why the American relationship with Baghdad has brought us to where we are today. Often humorous, often critical, always pointed, Rick goes beyond the headlines and brings the story to life.

After all, he lived it.

FAQs on booking Rick Francona

  • How to book Rick Francona?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rick Francona for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rick Francona, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rick Francona or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rick Francona?

    Booking fees for Rick Francona, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rick Francona, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rick Francona?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rick Francona for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rick Francona for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rick Francona or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rick Francona or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rick Francona is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rick Francona for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Rick Francona generally travels from La Quinta, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robert D. Kaplan, Dwayne Spradlin, Harald Haas, Adam Ostrow and Peter Thiel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Francona for an upcoming event.

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