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Combat Story


Jan 20, 2024

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In this second round Combat Story with Jack Beaumont, we pickup with Jack being forced to walk away from flying jets after wrecking his back in a hard landing. His back was too injured to handle the Gs and an ejection from the aircraft, making him a liability to his fellow fighter pilots. 

He found his way over to fly planes in the French COS or Special Operations Command in some amazing circumstances, to include evading radar and landing to unimproved runways at night in bad weather (it’s really amazing piloting), followed by a transition into the very secretive world of the French External Security Service or DGSE, which is the French version of the CIA and a very capable service. 

In this episode, Jack shares some of the challenging experiences in the cockpit and in the shadowy world of the intelligence community, including the unthinkable moment of losing a human source and his family. This tragic story forms the basis of the book that Jack wrote - The Frenchman - which was picked up for TV by the people who delivered True Detective, The Night Manager, and A Most Wanted Man. His next book, Dark Arena, comes out in February 2024.

Please enjoy this very insightful Combat Story that goes deep into the experiences of a French special operator and intelligence professional!

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👇 Show Notes:

00:00 - Introduction
00:52 - Guest Profile: Jack Beaumont Round 2 
02:14 - Start of Interview
02:44 - SOCOM and Life After Plane Incident
12:46 - Serbian Mission
19:06 - Jack's Books
25:53 - Nord VPN Ad
24:33 - DGSE Reputation and Rainbow Wire
32:04 - Getting Accepted To DGSE 
46:40 - Factor Ad
48:05 - Spy Training
01:08:24 - Truth To The Frenchman Opening
01:18:50 - Toll of Intelligence Officers
01:26:25 - Sentimental Items
01:27:19 - Would You Do It Again?
01:28:24 - Making of The Frenchman
01:31:48 - Listener Feedback

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