Special Security Studies Presentation: FBI Agent Daniel Fuentes and Major General James Marks

Thu, March 19, 2015
2:00pm - 2:45pm (Fuentes)
2:45 - 3:30 (Marks)
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The Department of Security Studies will host a special presentation with FBI Agent Dan Fuentes on “Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels” and Retired Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks on “Combating Terrorism and Criminal Networks."

Agent Fuentes has spent 25 years with the FBI, working many types of investigations, including organized crime/drugs; violent crimes; intelligence collection in criminal and counterterrorism matters; and training in Mexico, Central and South America. He did undercover work, is a hostage/crisis negotiator, and was a member of the local FBI SWAT Team.

Gen. Marks, who spent the majority of his 30 year career in the U.S. Army in military intelligence, will discuss how to combat networks, including terrorists, insurgents and criminals, as well as the latest information on Al-Qaeda, ISIS and lone wolf attacks.

FBI Agent Daniel Fuentes

Fuentes was working surveillance in Matamoros, Mexico with a partner from the DEA when he was surrounded by a gun-wielding convoy from the Gulf Cartel. The then leader, Osiel Cardenas, told the pair to surrender or be killed. The federal agents were eventually set free.

“In your career as an FBI Agent, most of the time your investigations and arrests go well without critical incidents,” said Fuentes. “However, you have to be prepared to make quick decisions if the situation goes bad.”
Fuentes is currently the Coordinator of the FBI’s Training Program for his division. He ensures that the FBI employees receive the necessary training, including continuing education opportunities. A crucial aspect of his responsibilities includes providing training to the local law enforcement community, including participation in the prestigious FBI National Academy Program.

“It builds good relations with the local law enforcement community, and the byproduct of such is the successful resolution of criminal investigations,” said Fuentes. “Some of the training that we provide is geared towards executive management of local law enforcement agencies. The training strives to provide managers with the necessary tools to become better leaders within their agencies and their communities.”

Among the training he spearheads in his region are certification renewals, such as for agents who are accountants; interviewing and interrogation techniques; and intelligence collection and analysis, to name a few.

“We provide them with the training and resources to get the job done,” Fuentes said.

Major General. James "Spider" Marks

In the military, Gen. Marks held every position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general. He was the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Task Force Los Angeles during the LA riots and served as a strategist on the personal staff of the Chief of Staff of the Army.

As a member of the Military Hall of Fall, Marks also has served as the senior intelligence officer in combat for the Coalition Land Forces liberation of Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as in the Balkans and Korea. He culminated his military career as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Gen. Marks has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, and multiple combat, expeditionary and service ribbons. He is a Master Parachutist authorized to wear the Canadian and Korean Airborne wings, Air Assault qualified and an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger’s School.

Gen. Marks current serves as the Executive Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Phoenix and has led several businesses in entrepreneurial efforts in education, energy and primary resources. He also served as president and CEO of Global Linguist Solutions, a private company that provided linguistic services to the U.S. military in Iraq and was the largest employers of native Iraqis.

Gen. Marks is on on-air contributor for CNN on national security, military and intelligence issues and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He also serves on several boards, including the Call of Duty Endowment and the Veterans for National Service Foundation, which identifies and prepares veterans for political and public office.
Gen. Marks earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the United State Military Academy at West Point and two Master’s degrees in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and in Theater Operations at the School of Advanced Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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