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Leadership in Action: Coolness Under Fire: A Conversation with James Cavanaugh by Editor Stephen Rush

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Coolness Under Fire: A Conversation with James Cavanaugh

James Cavanaugh is the special agent in charge of the Nashville Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a federal agency charged with protecting the public and reducing violent crime. He has played major roles in a number of high-profile cases, including the sniper spree in the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002; the standoff with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, in 1993; and the five-year hunt for Eric Rudolph, who in 2005 pleaded guilty to a series of bombings in the 1990s and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole.

Cavanaugh was the deputy incident commander for ATF during the D.C. sniper case. ...

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