Anthony Tata: Longtime Public Servant

Anthony Tata served in the United States military for nearly 30 years. As a combat veteran, Anthony Tata became the recipient of the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Medal, and would go on to complete his military career as a General in the US Army.

It wasn’t long after Tata’s tenure in the military came to a close that he would accept the positions of Chief Operating Officer of Washington, DC Public Schools, Superintendent of Wake County Public School System, and Secretary of Transportation for the state of North Carolina. As Secretary from 2013 to 2015, Tata was responsible for the management of a budget of more than $4.5 billion, as well as a department that employed more than 12,000 personnel. Tata’s position included oversight of North Carolina’s public transit systems, highway system, airports, ferries and walking and biking paths.

During his tenure as Secretary, Anthony Tata was responsible for leading the agreement and construction plan of the Bonner Bridge, which provides access to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He is also credited with changes that resulted in more driver-friendly motorways (I-40 and I-440).

In addition to his career in public service, Anthony Tata is an accomplished military analyst and novelist. He is responsible for writing 2017’s Besieged.   


Anthony Tata: Former Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Tata served as the Secretary of Transportation for the state of North Carolina from 2013 to 2015 before making an exciting transition to a leadership position with USA Investco. Tata is a former US Army General and a dedicated public servant, so he was a natural choice for Secretary of Transportation. While in this position, he managed over 12,000 employees in the organisation, as well as a budget of $4.5 billion. He was responsible for overseeing the state’s highway system, airports, public transit systems, ferries, and even public walking and bike paths. As North Carolina is a very populous and quickly growing state, this was no easy feat, but Tata got the job done.

Tata was in charge of many important projects during his time as Secretary of Transportation. For example, he led the agreement and construction plan of the Bonner Bridge, which connects to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tata says, “I made a commitment to the Outer Banks that I would not leave office until I secured the bridge deal.” He also oversaw changed to I-40 and I-440 to make them more driver friendly, something that is very important given North Carolina’s recent influx of people and higher volumes of traffic.

Managing transportation is very important for the success of any society. As our cities become more populous, it is essential that we make our roads efficient and easy to use, as well as providing public transit options in and between major metro areas to help people travel affordably. Anthony Tata is a great example of successful transportation management.  


Anthony Tata: Crafting Exciting Thrillers

Anthony Tata is a retired US Army General and combat veteran. Since his retirement, Anthony Tata has worked in many public service and advisory positions, as well as being a media contributor, but his true passion lies in creating exciting thriller novels. He took the fiction world by storm with his first series, which contained the books Sudden Threat, Rogue Threat, Hidden Threat, and Mortal Threat. After the release of these novels, he was compared to renowned authors such as Tom Clancy and Lee Child.

With the buzz from these novels, he was motivated to continue writing. Kensington Books released Foreign and Domestic, which was a Barry Award nominee for Best Thriller. In April 2016, Kensington Books released Three Minutes to Midnight, which is the first novel in the exciting new Jake Mahegan series, which is set to be a four-part story. The next installment, Besieged, will be released in 2017, and Tata is thrilled to continue the story. He says, “I am excited about the release of Three Minutes to Midnight, and my next book comes out in six months, Besieged.” Writing is a true passion for him, and he is enjoying this new career transition and using his personal experiences to be creative.

Anthony Tata may seem like an unlikely novelist to some, but the fact that he transforms his own knowledge base into detailed stories actually is what makes him so successful. Many people believe that you have to be a trained writer in order to succeed in the fiction world, but it is actually motivation and drive that helps Tata succeed.


Anthony Tata Sharpens Critical Thinking Skills at SAMS

As a graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies graduate school, Anthony Tata dealt with peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations in the conflicts of Bosnia, Haiti and Somalia. The Global War on Terror has called upon SAMS graduates to plan and strategize military operations. The United States Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the United States Marine Corp’s School of Advanced Warfighting were created along the same lines as the SAMS goals. SAMS students like Tata worked as planners in the invasion of Iraq preparations and in post-combat occupation strategies. Regarded today as game-changers in land warfare, Army leaders prize SAMS graduates for their critical thinking skills. It has been said that the School of Advanced Military Studies is “at the forefront of the effort to remake strategic military planning for the 21st century”.

Anthony Tata

To enter the School of Advanced Military Studies, Anthony Tata took an examination, went through an interview and was assessed by a supervisor. He also completed the United States Army’s Command and General Staff School, or an equivalent education course offered through another branch of the service. The students at SAMS are largely U.S. Army field grade officers who come to their studies from combat duties. However, the Air Force, Navy and Marines, as well as the Department of State, the FBI and the Agency for International Development have successful graduates from the school. Of late, the School has been attended by students from around the world, including graduates from Norway, Republic of Macedonia and the Netherlands.


Anthony Tata Sets His Sights on West Point

Anthony Tata’s graduation from high school did not launch him into the unknown. Tata’s ambitions had aimed high for some time as the son of teachers who served their communities as educators, a school board member and as a long term representative on the Virginia General Assembly law-making body. Tata himself laid his plans early on, and was accepted upon graduation into the United States Military Academy. USMA is also referred to as West Point, Army, The Academy or simply The Point. Located in West Point, New York, this four-year federal service academy has overlooked the Hudson River since cadets were first trained in artillery and engineering in what was then a garrison in 1794. West Point was constructed as a defensive garrison post in 1778 by Polish engineer and hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The Hudson River Chain and the high ground above a narrow S curve in the river was an excellent position for the Continental Army to stop British ships from sailing further up the river, which would have divided the Colonies. Commander Benedict Arnold of West Point committed an act of treason by trying to sell the fort to the enemy. Arnold’s treason prompted the Army to change the garrison’s name to Fort Clinton.

Anthony Tata’s alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point, was idle in the years after the Revolution. It wasn’t until 1801 that the newly inaugurated President Thomas Jefferson directed the establishment of plans to establish the Military Academy at West Point, appointing the first superintendent.



Anthony Tata Grows Up Amid Increasing Defence Spending

The humid subtropical climate of the Norfolk, Virginia birthplace of retired Brigadier General Anthony Tata is mitigated somewhat by the Chesapeake Bay, which introduces cooling breezes from the ocean. The MacArthur Memorial located in the Norfolk courthouse contains the tombs of United States Army General Douglas MacArthur and his wife, a source of inspiration to the young Tata. As the headquarters of the United States Fleet Forces Command (the Atlantic fleet) and the NATO Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk is economically supported by defense contracting, especially for shipbuilding and ship repair.

Nearly as important to today’s Norfolk are the three cargo ports which serve break-bulk and container type cargo shipments. Anthony Tata would have watched the bustle of the three port terminals which handled over 2 million TEUs and 475,000 tons of bulk cargo in 2006, the second busiest port on the eastern coast of the United States after the Port of New York. Norfolk is also the largest coal shipment point in the Northern Hemisphere, annually transporting 48 million tons. Recently, the new Nauticus cruise ship pier has brought renewed interest from cruise ship passengers in downtown shops, hotels, culture and restaurants and is becoming a growing part of Norfolk’s economy.

The significant bituminous coal deposits discovered in the Piedmont of Virginia continue to be an important part of Virginia’s economy today. Unfortunately for the birthplace of Mr. Anthony Tata, coal-fed power plants in mountainous areas today have added to the poor air quality of northern Virginia today, with Fairfax County having the worst air quality in the state.