Mary Catherine is a former member of the U.S. Government as a Student Trainee at the U.S. Department of State where she focused on issues related to paramilitary operations, the Middle East, weapons and counter-proliferation, and terrorism. She also has experience working on Capitol Hill assisting Congress members on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. A graduate of Liberty University, she holds a B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in Strategic Intelligence and Arabic and minors in Government, Intelligence, and Military History. Committed to increasing education surrounding national security issues, she helped found and was involved in several campus organizations relating to national security, foreign policy, humanitarian issues, and intelligence. As a student, she was a member of two student task forces responsible for analysis and briefings on a variety of issues for the Defense Intelligence Agency and Virginia State Police Joint Terrorism Task Force. She has published work in Liberty University’s Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy focusing on the ideological conflict between Liberalism and Fundamentalism that has laid the foundation for the ideological and religious conflicts of the Global War on Terrorism.