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Lunch and Learn Series: Cyber Warfare: Internet of Things 

Guest: Anthony J. Tata, Retired Brigadier General and Author of Direct Fire 

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time: Doors open at 11:00 am (CST); Lunch and Presentation at 11:30 am (CST)

Where: Gulf Coast State College, Advance Technology Center, Summit Bank Conference Suites, 3rd FL

Cost: General Admission – $10; Active Duty and Veterans – $8 ; GCSC Students – Free; Table Sponsorship – $200; Seating is Limited. 

Lunch: Box Sandwich Lunch and Drinks

Co-Sponsors: GCSC Business Innovations Center and GCSC Veterans Business Outreach Center

Having served 28 years in the U.S. Army before retiring as a Brigadier General, acclaimed author Anthony J. Tata parlays his years of combat and operational experience into exciting, realistic thriller novels.

Tata grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, the son of two public school educators, and went on to graduate from West Point. He commanded combat units in the 25th Infantry and 4th Infantry Divisions, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. He has conducted combat operations and operational deployments in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Panama, Republic of Korea, and the Philippines.

General Tata’s last combat tour was as the Deputy Commanding General of the Allied and Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, where he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. A master parachutist and Ranger, he has also served as a senior national security fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.

Following his military career, General Tata transitioned from the army to education leadership, where he served as the Chief Operations Officer of Washington, DC Public Schools and as the Superintendent of the 16th largest school district in the nation in Wake County/Raleigh, NC. He was most recently North Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation.

Tata is the National Security Expert for One American News Network, appearing every Tuesday with Liz Wheeler on Tipping Point. He also has appeared frequently as a guest commentator on Fox News, The Daily Buzz, NBC’s Today Show with Jane Pauley, The South Florida Today Show, The CBS Early Show and local television stations around the country. General Tata has also been a guest commentator on countless nationally syndicated and local radio stations. He donates a portion of his earnings to the USO Metro DC, the North Carolina Heroes Fund, and the Michael Murphy Foundation. He lives in Raleigh, NC.

For more information on A.J. Tata, please visit

The Jake Mahegan Thriller Series by A.J. Tata: 
Hardcover, March 2017
Kensington Publishing

Hardcover, May 2016
Mass Market, February 2017
Kensington Publishing

Mass Market, February 2015
Kensington Publishing