Gary Anderson retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps in August of 2000. While on active duty, he served as commander at every level from platoon to surveillance and reconnaissance group to include command of Camp Hansen on Okinawa. His non-operating force assignments included recruiting duty, Marine Officer Instructor at Vanderbilt University, Speechwriter and Deputy Director of the HQMC Special Projects Directorate, UN Observer in Lebanon and Israel, a faculty member at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and Marine Corps Representative at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at Newport's Naval War College as well as the Director of Wargaming at Quantico. Immediately prior to his retirement, he served as the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab at Quantico, Virginia.
While on active duty, Colonel Anderson served in contingency operations during the Philippine Coup Crisis as commander of Contingency SPMAGTF 1-90 at Subic Bay. He also served as the J-3, for OPERATION SEA ANGEL the 1991 disaster relief operation in Bangladesh. During OPERATION CONTINUE HOPE in Somalia in 1993, he served as Military Liaison Officer to the U.S. Liaison Office in Mogadishu.
Following his retirement, he became the first Executive Director of the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at Quantico. He was then appointed the Director of the Center for Unconventional Thought at the Institute. He joined Hicks and Associates in November 2002.
Colonel Anderson is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and has a Master's Degree from Pepperdine University. He also attended the National Security Studies course at Syracuse University's Maxwell School for Public Policy. He is a contributing columnist to the Washington Times and the author of two Newport Papers.