Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Former Doobie Brother - Counterterrorism Expert

Woo-Hoo! And, yep -- throughout the lots! of live concerts -- I enjoyed the Skunk's performance most! Always. I be goshen.. This news just made my day! The last concert I saw him at was at the Cow Palace. The man was just never ruffled. Cool, calm, low key, in control of himself. Beret, long-handled mustache. Laid back clothes, vest.

Jeff Baxter played psychedelic music with Ultimate Spinach, jazz-rock with Steely Dan and funky pop with the Doobie Brothers. But in the last few years he has made an even bigger transition: Mr. Baxter, who goes by the nickname "Skunk," has become one of the national-security world's well-known counterterrorism experts.

A wiry man who wears a beret to many of his meetings, Mr. Baxter, who is now 56 years old, has gone from a rock career that brought him eight platinum records to a spot in the small constellation of consultants paid to help both policy makers and defense contractors better understand the way terrorists think and plan attacks.

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