Dick is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer and a Special Warfare Officer. While a platoon leader with SEAL Team One in 1970, he led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. On release from active duty in 1972, he entered the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as a Maritime Operations Case Officer. Dick retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 with the rank of captain.
He has been an adjunct professor of ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy and serves as an advisor on military and tactical ethics for the component commands of the US Special Operations Command.
Dick is New York Times best-selling author who specializes in Military Special Operations. His nineteen published work are a balance of fiction and nonfiction. Most recently, Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story was released in November of 2014 in conjunction with the PBS special of the same title.
He has a special interest in supporting veterans and their families through research and a best-practices approach to the delivery of nongovernmental assistance to those in need.
Dick and his wife Julia live in Ketchum, Idaho.