To be honest, I knew very little about Steve Bannon. No doubt his appearance doesn’t help when visualizing him as a top-notch political operative. Often pictured with more than a 5 o’clock shadow, frumpy, overweight… more like a character out of some grade b gangster movie. With all of the palace intrigue of who is up and who is down, including Bannon, I found this profile done by Fox recently most fascinating. Whatever your opinion, this man is someone to be reckoned with. Here we go with the video below:
So exactly what is Bannon’s significant military background and how will it be used to guide the President’s analyses?
Bannon spent half of his seven-year Navy career on a now decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer, at the time called the Paul F. Foster. As a junior lieutenant, Bannon was in charge of engineering— overseeing maintenance of the ship’s water purifiers and propulsion engines.
Bannon would later move topside, where he became ship navigator, calculating precise coordinates to guide the ship around the Pacific and Indian oceans. It was here, he says he learned how to think.
Bannon later used what he calls his mathematical mind to make millions as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and as a Hollywood tycoon investing in blockbuster hits like “Seinfeld” before they became successful. His friends say it’s the same empirical thinking that compels him to try to address what he sees as America’s biggest problems: Debt and globalism.
Big plans that led Bannon to take classes at Georgetown University earning him a degree in International Relations. And would also send him to Harvard School of Business, Goldman Sachs and eventually become a leading thinker in the Tea Party movement.
“He left the Navy armed with a strong education and a drive to get mired with dirty hands to help solve] real problems,” Masso said.
McKim points out Bannon thrived in two very different worlds in the Navy. First, with the enlisted men on the Foster and then with the power brokers at the pentagon.
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