Joseph Cottereaux once possessed a Top Secret clearance and spent most of his time in
the United States Marine Corps overseas attached to the US State
Department. He provided diplomatic
security services and was deployed to a Presidential security detail. While Foreign Service Officers (FSO’s) often
spent much of their time behind the walls of diplomatic missions, or at social
gatherings with their foreign counterparts, Joe mingled with the locals as much
as possible. He traveled, explored their
history, culture, beliefs and customs.
gained invaluable knowledge and insight into the inner mechanisms of the United
States foreign policy-making and international perceptions of Americans in many
countries. A voracious history student,
Joe read everything from the ancient classics to modern government classified
documents to speak intelligently on as many topics as possible in any social
his service, he developed language skills in Arabic, French, German, Italian
and Spanish. Joe qualified as an expert
marksman with the Marine Corps standard Colt M-16A1 rifle and the Colt Model
1911A1 .45 pistol. Trained primarily in
demolitions, he also became an expert with a variety of weapons that included
the Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun, the M-60 machine gun, Smith &
Wesson .38 pistol, and Remington 870P shotgun.
an Honorable Discharge, Joe obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International
Business in three years and landed his first private sector job consulting for
a technology company that serviced the government sector. Of all the candidates who applied for the
position, the hiring manager decided on Joe because of his brand new leather
attaché case, a gift from his mother.
After Joe had learned the minutiae of government record keeping and
fundamental technology principles, he moved on to work for several global
technology firms. At one global
technology company, Joe developed a sophisticated project estimation
methodology later adopted worldwide as a standard tool for professional services. In a field where over 70% of technology
projects failed, his management skills, coupled with common sense, led to a
100% project success rate on projects directly under his leadership.
this book from an undisclosed location, Joe incorporated many of his
experiences, skills, technology knowledge and problem resolution methodologies
learned from over three decades of real world experiences. Joe would like to hear from you and he can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Athena Algorithm on Facebook.
Be safe and be well as the world can be a dangerous