Ken Pence, Ph.D. is a retired police officer with Metro Nashville Police Department (1973-2004) with 16 of those 31 years on SWAT. He has taught confrontation skills throughout the US and Europe. He is an Engineering Professor at Vanderbilt University where he did DARPA, cybersecurity, and magnetic levitation research (2004-2023). He is an instrument rated pilot and a 6th degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do (1967-present). He lives in Nashville with his wife and a drooling black lab.