Agents Unknown: True Stories of Life as a Special Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service
Special agents protect some of the highest level government officials in some of the most dangerous and volatile locations around the world.
Cody Perron, marine and former Diplomatic Security Special Agent, visited the studio Monday to announce the release of his book, Agents Unknown – True Stories of Life as a Special Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service. The book details his life as a special agent serving across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
Perron is a former United States Marine and former Special Agent of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). He is also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Criminal Investigative Training Program (CITP) and the U.S. State Department DSS Special Agent course. He has been in the security and protection field for two decades, and during this time he has protected some of the highest level government officials in some of the most volatile locations around the world, including Iraq, Nigeria, Vietnam, Kenya, Russia, and more.
In July 2014 to July 2015, as agent in charge (AIC) of the 150 man protective operations unit at the U.S. consulate in Erbil, Iraq, Perron led Mobile Protection Teams protecting high level diplomats in the north of Iraq from the Syrian to the Iranian border. On one trip, he flew to the Syrian border with U.S. special operations forces to interview ISIS hostages, in an attempt to garner intelligence to locate and rescue American hostage, Kayla Mueller. Perron also created the new U.S. consulate Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Quick Reaction Force (QRF), responsible for responding to threats on the consulate compound and rescuing mobile teams under duress across the north of Iraq. Perron’s unit was put to the test when he successfully led the ERT in responding to the terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate on April 17, 2015.
In June 2012 to June 2014, Perron was assigned as the deputy in charge of security and law enforcement at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While there he effectively responded to terrorist threats, conducted counterintelligence investigations, and executed a successful international fugitive return of a wanted U.S. criminal. It was there that he received a Superior Honor Award for his leadership in enhancing the U.S. government’s counter terrorism, law enforcement and investigative goals.
In April of 2012, Perron was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq where he served as the Agent in Charge of a 20-person high threat protection team. In this role he led his team protecting diplomats, congressional delegations, and other government VIP’s throughout central Baghdad including Sadr City and Khadamiya, at the prison where Saddam Hussein was executed.
Perron began his federal law enforcement work in the city of Houston, TX where he conducted investigations in federal fraud, human smuggling, and international parental kidnapping cases. While there he was responsible for the successful dismantling and prosecution of a Kenyan human smuggling ring.
Currently, Perron is the co-founder and president of Fidelis Global Group, a security consulting firm. He is a nationally certified women’s self-defense instructor and a Department of Homeland Security trained Use of Force Instructor. He also serves on the Board of Directors on the San Diego Diplomacy Council.