Who is Malcolm Nance?

American author, media pundit and former soldier Malcolm Wrightson Nance was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, on 20 September 1961, making Virgo his zodiac sign. He’s today a foreign policy and intelligence analyst, most often discussing the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS), African terror groups and the asymmetric warfare, while he also occasionally discusses Southwest Asian terror groups, counterinsurgency and al-Qaeda.

Malcolm’s a former US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer who specialized in naval cryptology.

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Education and early life

Malcolm was raised in Philadelphia by his parents whom he rarely speaks about in public because he respects their privacy, but he’s revealed that his father spent 24 years serving in the US Army, and that his mother was a housewife.

Malcolm’s parents were deeply religious Catholics, and went to church at least once a week. He studied at West Catholic Boys High School and was into various activities during his time there, as he played both football and baseball for school teams, ran track and wrestled; Malcolm spent Saturdays studying various languages at South Philadelphia High School, including Chinese, Russian and French.

He matriculated in 1980, but only enrolled at college in 2007; he attended New York’s Excelsior University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011.

Career in the military

Malcolm joined the US Navy in 1981, and eventually became a specialist in Naval Cryptology; he took part in a number of combat, intelligence and counter-terrorism operations, with many of these being top secret, in the fields of counter-terrorism and intelligence that he garnered expertise.

He was involved in the peacetime and wartime training program Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) as an instructor, training Marine Corps aircrew and Navy members to survive as prisoners of war; during his time within the program, Malcolm helped launch the course of instruction Advanced Terrorism, Abduction and Hostage Survival.

He helped train soldiers following the 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombings, and then took part in the 1986 US bombing of Libya. On 18 April 1988, during Operation Praying Mantis, Malcolm was serving on USS Wainwright when the Iranian missile ship Joshan was sunk. He was involved in the Gulf War serving on USS Tripoli, and was involved in Operation Deliberate Force in September 1995, during the air strike on Banja Luka, Bosnia.

It was revealed on 18 April 2022 that Malcolm had joined the Ukrainian Foreign Legion earlier that year, wanting to help stop the progress of Russian troops in Ukraine; he stated that his inspiration was African-American soldier Eugene Bullard, who had served in the French Foreign Legion.

Work outside of the military

Malcolm founded the intelligence support company Special Readiness Services International in 2001; he was driving to Arlington when he saw the American Airlines Flight 77 crash into the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, and then acted as a first responder, helping rescue the survivors.

The following couple of years saw Malcolm work as a security and intelligence contractor in North Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.

From 2005 through 2007, he occasionally taught counter-terrorism at Macquarie University’s Center on Policing, Intelligence and Counter-terrorism in Sydney, Australia while he also taught at New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington.

Malcolm’s today working on his Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy think tank, and is sitting on the advisory board of directors of the International Spy Museum.


The blog “Small Wars Journal” published Malcolm’s article on waterboarding torture method in 2007; the article was then published again in the newspaper “Pentagon Early Bird”, and the torture method was deemed unusable by US troops because it would ‘dishonor the memory of US service members who died from that and other similar torture methods’.

The US Congress then asked Malcolm to testify about using ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’, and he stated that the US troops must stop using the torture method.

One of his first books was “An End to Al-Qaeda”, published on 16 February 2010, and he then went on to publish several popular books, including “The Plot to Hack America”, “The Terrorist of Iraq” and “Terrorist Recognition Handbook”; he’s published a total of 10 books, with his most recent having been the 2022 “They Want to Kill Americans”.

Love life and relationships

Although quite secretive when it comes to speaking about his love life in public, it’s known that Malcolm was once a married man. He and American non-celebrity Maryse Beliveau-Nance married in a small and private ceremony in 2004; Maryse preferred to stay away from media, and rarely kept Malcolm company during his public events. They have three adoptive children, who were born in Moscow, Russia in 1990, 1991 and 1993.

The marriage ended when Maryse died from ovarian cancer on 11 September 2019, following a two-year long battle against the disease.

There are no other women whom Malcolm’s been with, that we know about; he was once married to the late Maryse Beliveau-Nance, and they have three adoptive children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

More than 8,000 people are following Malcolm’s Instagram account today, but he’s posted only 28 pictures and videos onto the network; the account’s currently disabled for unknown reasons.

Malcolm began being physically active as a teenager, and continued working out on a daily basis until his 50s; he’s trained in a number of martial arts, and has coached several as well.

He’s a lover of animals and has several pet dogs, while his favorite animals are kangaroos.

Malcolm’s a philanthropist and has worked with various charity organizations that aim to help war veterans and orphans.

Robert De Niro’s one of Malcolm’s favorite actors, and some of his favorite movies include “Cape Fear”, “The King of Comedy” and “The Irishman”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Malcolm’s age is 61. He has black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).

Malcolm’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, as of July 2023.

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