In Memoriam: Richard Higgins

February 25, 2022

In Memoriam: Richard Higgins

by John D. Guandolo

This week, America lost one its greatest leaders in the war in which we are engaged – Rich Higgins.

Several fine articles have been written detailing Rich’s background and noteworthy achievements, of which there are many.  You can read one such article here.

You can read Rich’s bio at Unconstrained Analytics here.

Rich’s service in the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and as the Director of Strategic Planning for the National Security Council (NSC) is tremendous. However, it was his strategic understanding of the enemy, his innate understanding of good and evil, and his inner desire to see the Republic survive that made Rich an invaluable asset in the war for the free world.

I knew Rich as a friend, roommate, colleague, mentor, and sounding board. He was as humorous as he was dedicated to the mission and his oath. He saw the world in raw realistic terms, and spoke the same way.

If Rich Higgins was running the American war effort, many generals would have been fired, the enemy would have been vanquished, and the war would have been over years ago.

While working inside the FBI, teaching and training others about the international and domestic jihadi threat, a friend and colleague of mine told me I need to know Rich Higgins.  This was at a time when I, and my colleague from the Joint Staff, Steve Coughlin, were putting together a small group of influential people in the Washington, D.C. area to brief about this threat, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how America was completely off its warfighting game.

To that end, I called Rich on a Friday evening, introduced myself as an FBI agent who was given his number by a mutual colleague, and asked if he would be willing to attend a brief we were having early Saturday morning at a warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia.

There was a long pause before Rich asked, “Am I under investigation?”

After assuring him he was not, Rich showed up and the relationship began.  

After that day, and several more shortly after, Rich was able to take the information Steve and I shared, and put it into a strategic picture which, as he put it, brought everything happening in the “Global War on Terror” into perfect focus.

A couple years later, Rich recruited me out of the FBI into the Department of Defense to continue my work, synergized by Steve Coughlin’s deep understanding of the enemy, and let us operate without the shackles of our former agencies.

Rich Higgins understood the profound practical and spiritual battle that lay ahead for America.  He knew that without returning to “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God” America could not and would not be restored.

I believe this was so because Rich understood evil, and understood it is at the heart of normative Islamic and communist doctrine.  These ideologies seek to destroy the very foundations upon which America’s law and government were founded.  He took this clear understanding of the world into his decision-making, operations, and his daily life.

Rich’s 2017 memo on political warfare was the culmination of over a dozen years of strategic thinking and planning that lays out in plain sight how America’s enemies do what they do, and what the consequences will be if American leaders ignore the problem.

Rich’s predictions came true.  Donald Trump is out of the White House.  The communists – Black Lives Matter, Antifa, DSA, CPUSA, et al – openly call for the overthrow of our system.  U.S. Islamic leaders are openly calling for the release of an Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction operative, being held in jail in Texas, which is not surprising because they all subscribe to the same doctrine.

Rich Higgins’ contribution to the war effort, in my opinion, cannot be overstated.  Neither can his love of family, friends, God, and country.

Raise a glass and remember Rich Higgins today. Ask yourself what you are prepared to do to restore the American Republic to its founding principles.

Rich Higgins is gone, but those of us who knew and love him will carry on the war effort.

To help support Rich’s wife and four children, please consider clicking here and donating.

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About JG
John Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).
  1. […] John Guandolo on his friend, Rich Higgins […]

  2. Rest in Peace Mr. Higgins. Godspeed! Thank you for your service & dedication to our country. Thank you for writing, The Memo. Bless you, your family, friends & colleagues.

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  4. RIP. Everything this guy said was true, and speaking the truth seems to be a dangerous and costly activity these days. We lost a good guy and is too bad he never had the influence that he deserved. Given his analysis, I would like to hear his ideas about how to combat the Marxist threat which has become seemingly all powerful. That, I believe, is what is needed now most of all. Effective strategies against them now that we have thoroughly identified what is happening. His paper, as all similar analysis, seems short on plans and actions that can be undertaken. However, he does seem to indicate non-reactivity and broader inclusion, both of which I agree with. If he further ideas along these lines, I’d be interested, as he was perceptive and thoughtful. We will remember him.

  5. Bergoglio (Pope Francis) is deliberately and maliciously doing and saying many erroneous, sinful, anti-Catholic, antichrist actions and words against ✝🙏 CHRIST The LORD and many Roman Catholic Church🙏✝doctrines that are directly leading souls astray by teaching souls to accept sins, lies, errors, and anti-Catholic heretical false doctrines as being acceptable to ✝🙏ALMIGHTY GOD, LORD JESUS CHRIST The SAVIOR of humanity in the Roman Catholic Church,🙏✝ (in Bergoglio’s Communist, Globalist, demonic and sinful unrepentant Freemason’s heart and mind)?

    People should ask this: Is Bergoglio the sinful false prophet in ALMIGHTY GOD’s Holy Bible’s book of Revelation in chapter 13 who is preparing the way for and will assist the political Antichrist who will appear on earth and: 1. Attempt to destroy and send all souls to HELL 2. Try to eliminate the Roman Catholic Church and all Christianity on earth 3. Attempt to force all people on earth to obey and worship the Antichrist on earth and to take Satan the devil’s totalitarian Antichrist’s mandatory satanic mark on the hand or forehead in order to buy or sell, while the Antichrist calls himself GOD on earth and sits in the Holy Temple of GOD on earth (inside of the Roman Catholic Church?) while Bergoglio (the false prophet?) assists with the political Antichrist’s evil crimes on earth?

    NOTE: I have heard from credible sources that Bergoglio is very ill, and that Benedict is also very ill, and that Benedict lives in a room “like a hospital” with machines aiding his quality of life and comfort in palliative care.

    Since Bergoglio is reported to be very ill and dying, Bergoglio may not be the prophesied false prophet in ALMIGHTY GOD’s Holy Bible’s book of Revelation in chapter 13.

    If Bergoglio is the false prophet in GOD’s Holy Bible’s book of Revelation in chapter 13, Bergoglio would have to remain alive on earth until the Second Coming of CHRIST, since GOD’s Holy Bible says that when LORD JESUS CHRIST returns in the Second Coming of CHRIST, LORD JESUS CHRIST will order destruction of the antichrist and the false prophet into HELL FOREVER FIRE.

    Whoever the prophesied false prophet and the political Antichrist are who will fulfill ALMIGHTY GOD’s Holy Bible’s book of Revelation in chapter 13 will be revealed to and seen by the people on the earth. The events on earth certainly look like ALMIGHTY GOD’s Holy Bible’s book of Revelation is rapidly being fulfilled before our eyes in our generation.

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  7. I had no idea Rich was gone. I’m shocked! Before I got the boot from Twit last year I talked to him all the time regarding current events. He was young and I don’t know what took him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed. 😪🙏🏻

  8. Another patriot gone too soon. He will not be forgotten.

  9. A MAJOR VICTORY: Heroes and Patriots Sacrifice Everything for Freedom

    • This Friday is the First Friday of the Month. Please take time to make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for your own sins and those of a faithless and immoral human race. This link contains the prayers and information needed for the devotion:

      • I will be unsubbing to UTT because of this . No one should be pushing or suggesting that others repeat repititous prayers – especially to anyone other than JESUS CHRIST !

        • Ellen, not sure why a post from a subscriber would cause you to unsubscribe to UTT. You are free to do as you please, but we want you to continue to stay with us for the sake of this nation. John G.

          • I listen to Bannon and just this morning saw that Richard had been called home. I mourn with you seeing that God has removed a great spiritual warrior who lived soli Deo gloria. I think of the letter to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation.

            This is my first visit to UTT. I recognized Richard’s picture and in search of more info was lead here.

            I need to share an aspect of God’s regarding national consequences that we rarely hear. I did a study of God’s view of child sacrifice. The consequence for a nation that legalizes child sacrifice is invasion and conquest. It is NOT forgiven of a nation. A reprieve is possible with overturning, however, in 2 Kings 24 God is explicit in this.

            “Surely at the command (mouth) of the LORD it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; AND THE LORD WOULD NOT FORGIVE.” (All caps mine) 2 Kings 24:3 & 4 NASB 1995

            The individual is forgiven with repentance. Manasseh had burned his infant son alive. He was Forgiven! He tore down the altars and stopped the practice. His grandson, Josiah, would lead the nation of Judah in a great revival. Later, Judah would again murder their children and the Babylonian conquest of Judah would be completed.

            Satan knows that child sacrifice is God’s red line for any nation.”As of 2021, there are twenty-four countries in which abortion is illegal in any and all circumstances.” ( Satan knows his blip in time to rule the world is close. Those who listen to the father of lies are complicit.

            Thank you all for fighting this spiritual war.

            Complete study is here:

            • Thank you for your words of support and truth. America cannot kill a million children a year and think there is no spiritual consequence. JG

        • As an additional comment, in the first 5 centuries of the Christian Church, a number of prayers were repeated to deepen devotion and a focus on God. Jesus taught that it is through his Church we should worship, and we pass the faith on throughout the centuries through his Church.

          • Our Lady: War Will Reach Western Europe and Especially Rome — They Have Turned Their Backs on God!

            This war is opening the door to the Antichrist.


          • Gisella – War Will Reach Rome

            Our Lady to Gisella Cardia on February 26th, 2022:

            “My children, thank you for being here in prayer and for having bent your knees in this blessed home. Beloved children, do not be afraid, although the times are very bad; war will also reach [Western] Europe and especially Rome — they have turned their backs on God and for this they will undergo suffering and destruction. Beloved children, Jesus is preparing your souls: be more spiritual, otherwise, you will only be [as] corpses mechanically doing the same things every day, without ever taking care of the spirit, which at this time is the most important thing.

            My children, this war is opening the doors to the Antichrist. But do you not understand that things are accelerating? Do you not see that nothing is as it was before? My children, provide true faith for my children. Speak of God: I put everything in your hands — pray for peace and for those who will have left the earth because of this war, although many will soon reach Paradise. Dear children, I am with you, together with Jesus, in order to pray to the Father. Now I bless you in the name of the Most Holy Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

            • Gisella – Many Things Will Change With the Warning

              Be True Warriors In The Front Line.


              Our Lady to Gisella Cardia on February 19th, 2022:

              “My children, thank you for having responded to my call in your hearts. My children, I want to keep you always under my blessed mantle in order to protect you and to make you feel my great love. Dear children, be faithful to the Gospel; feed on the body of my Son and His Holy Word; do not turn away from God so as not to be easy prey for the infernal enemy. My children, embrace the hope of new heavens and a new earth that await you; entrust everything to Him, do not act like vigilantes [1] against injustice — wait for God’s mercy. With the Warning, many things will change: do not fear. Children, be like true warriors in the front line: fight for the Faith, which will set you free, and with the weapon of the Holy Rosary in your hands. Now I leave you with my maternal blessing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

            • Gisella – The Time of Mercy is at an End

              Our Lord Jesus to Gisella Cardia on February 14th, 2022:

              “My children, adore your God with all the love you have in your hearts. Kneel before the King of Kings, talk with Me; I had told you in advance that when you hear talk of euthanasia, of children against parents, unscrupulous murderers and winds of war, it means that the time is near — but do not fear if you remain with Me. Pray, for this humanity has pierced My Heart, and stand by Me so that I may acknowledge you before My Father.

              Children, brothers and sisters, open your hearts to grace, your ears to hear: do what is essential, without thinking of the false light of this world. With pride and arrogance, the paradise left to you by My Father has been destroyed. Perverse humanity, without even a little love for Me… yet I took your sins, embracing death as a sacrificial lamb. You were forgiven everything. You are living worse than Sodom and Gomorrah — and now what do you expect? The time of mercy is at an end and the time of justice will begin. My priests have besmirched and used My Most Holy Name to float heresies and blasphemies. Oh, how great will be their pain! My children, keep me company a little longer and console Me with your love and I will reward you generously. I love you and bless you in the Name of the Father, in My Name and in that of the Holy Spirit. Con’t.”


        • Adoring Christ’s Holy Face

          by Fr. Paul John Kalchik • March 4, 2022
          Necessary reparation for present-day evils

      • LENT Explained in 4 Min ✝All You Need to Know about LENT and ASH WEDNESDAY🙏

      • Sr. Elena Aiello’s PROPHECY: If We Do Not PRAY, Russia Will March Upon All of Europe

        Fr. Mark Goring, CC

      • “This was already the biggest Supreme Court term we’ve ever seen with the fight for the lives of unborn babies on the line.

        Now a ban on prayer is before the Court.

        Sign Our Petition Now

        Coach Kennedy prayed silently after every football game. He was fired for exercising his Christian faith. Absurdly, federal courts (including the ultra-Left Ninth Circuit) ruled that because he was a school employee, their misguided view of the Establishment Clause trumped his First Amendment religious liberty rights.

        Because someone might possibly think the school was endorsing prayer, this coach had his First Amendment rights stripped away and he was fired. And it could happen to YOU.

        Prayer is fundamental. Prayer is constitutional. We’ve been defending prayer and religious liberty at the Supreme Court for decades. We’ve won monumental victories. In fact, we recently filed in an appeals court case where a juror was thrown out for praying, and we won. We also defeated the radical Left’s attempt to shut down churches during the pandemic in court.

        We cannot allow anti-Christian, anti-prayer forces to literally turn the Constitution on its head. JUST HOURS AGO, we filed a critical amicus brief at the Supreme Court to protect prayer. Take action with us.

        Sign Our Petition: Protect Prayer at the Supreme Court.

        Jay Sekulow
        ACLJ Chief Counsel

      • It is wonderful to see these prayers posted here. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us!

    • This Saturday is the First Saturday of the month. Be sure to practice the first 5 Saturdays devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. More info can be found at this link:

      Devotion to the Immaculate Heart Five First Saturdays

    • Terror of Demons: Reclaiming Traditional Catholic Masculinity

      Jan. 18, 2022
      by Kennedy Hall

      “Effeminacy is a plague, and it must be eradicated.”

      “Families are being destroyed and souls are being cast into hell because of soft and effeminate men. In Terror of Demons, Kennedy Hall provides the cure: traditional Catholic masculinity.

      Drawing on centuries of Catholic wisdom from Scripture and the saints, Hall provides the tools for the reader to conquer effeminacy and be a man of God. This book is not for the weak-hearted but will strike every man with the sharpness of iron—he who has ears to hear will receive strength herein. The world is in desperate need of such men. Let the men of God arise.”

  10. My prayers are for his family

  11. Sadly, we’ve lost a rare breed of warrior in our fight to save this country. If there were medals of honor to be awarded in this war on freedom, Rich would be at the head of the line. Thank you Rich, God speed.

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