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Wisdom from a former Spy

Updated: Nov 13, 2021

What can we learn from a Former CIA Officer?

Today The Secure Dad Podcast welcomes Doug Patteson. Doug is a former CIA officer who served multiple overseas tours against the full spectrum of intelligence targets.

He now works as the CFO of a multinational manufacturing business and consults on film/tv and security projects. You'll occasionally see him on screen, though he much prefers the writer's room and video village.

He also is a professor of intelligence studies in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of New Hampshire. He has been married to his wife Susan, also a former CIA officer, for 30 years and they have 4 children.

The Rule of the Stupids

Doug offers great advice for staying safe that he calls the rule of the stupids.

“Don’t do stupid stuff with stupid people in stupid places as stupid times of the day or night.”

Brilliant, isn’t it?

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Andy Murphy

Andy Murphy founded The Secure Dad in 2016 with the aspiration to help families live safer, happier lives. What started as a personal blog about family safety has turned into an award-winning podcast, an Amazon best-selling book, and online courses. He focuses his efforts in the areas of home security, situational awareness, and online safety.


Andy is a husband and father. His interests include coaching youth basketball, hiking, and trying to figure out his 3D printer.

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