New York Times Best-Selling Author Brad Thor to Speak at SIA Government Summit

Security Industry Association (SIA)

Author will discuss parallels between his novels and real-world threats

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor will be a keynote speaker at the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Government Summit — the premier public policy conference in the security industry. The Summit will be held June 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Washington Convention Center Hotel in Washington DC.

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Black, Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine’s best political thrillers of 2010), The Apostle, The Last Patriot(nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), The First Commandment, Takedown,Blowback (recognized as one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” by NPR), State of the Union, Path of the Assassin,The Lions of Lucerne, and his New York Times bestselling spin-off series The Athena Project.

In 2008, Thor shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan to research his thriller, The Apostle. He has made numerous television appearances to discuss terrorism and how closely his novels of international intrigue parallel the real threats facing the world today.

Thor has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit, and is a fellow of the Alexandrian Defense Group. He has spoken to law enforcement organizations on over-the-horizon/future threats and was a keynote speaker at the National Tactical Officers Association annual conference. He is an active supporter of the USO, Disabled American Veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Yellow Ribbon Fund, and the Salvation Army.

The SIA Government Summit kicks off Monday, June 18 with a Congressional Reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building. Opening remarks on the 19th will be followed by panel discussions on post 9-11 procurement; public safety from an end-user perspective; the future of access and ID management; securing the smart grid; a briefing on contracting and procurement within the defense and intelligence communities; and connecting with state and local government.

To register for the SIA Government Summit, and for the semi-formal State Policy Dinner, visit the SIA website at

About the Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities, and fostering collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Expos and Conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground Conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.