John Irvin

John Alan Irvin has 24 years of U.S. government experience, including 14 in the U.S. Army and ten with the Central Intelligence Agency.

He has held many leadership positions as a Psychological Operations Officer, Field Artillery Officer, and 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper.

His overseas experience includes duty in Germany, Korea, Panama, Noncombatant Evacuation Operations in Congo and Liberia, Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, and Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions during the Battle of Medina Ridge.

At the CIA he served as a dual-tracked Clandestine Service Officer, in positions as both a Collection Management Officer and Case Officer as well as in managerial positions.

He has had extensive overseas experience and has worked with U.S. government diplomatic, intelligence community, law enforcement, military, and energy entities, as well as several foreign governments.

He is currently writing an article about the history of spy psychology and has written a book soon to be published.


  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology
  • Activities and Societies: ROTC Detachment Cadet Commander
  • Field Training Course (Central Intelligence Agency)
  • Psychological Operations Course (US Army JFK Special Warfare Center)
  • Civil Affairs Course (US Army JFK Special Warfare Center)
  • Regional Studies Course (US Army JFK Special Warfare Center)


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