Frank Gardner is the BBC’s full-time security correspondent, covering global security stories from the Arctic to Afghanistan and Yemen to Colombia. He holds a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and served as an Infantry Officer in the British Army Reserve. In 2004, he was shot six times by terrorists while on assignment in Saudi Arabia but survived with significant injuries. He was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for Services to Journalism and voted Journalist of the Year. Gardner has written five bestselling books, including his autobiography Blood and Sand published in 2006, describing his years living in the Middle East. His latest novel, Outbreak, was published in paperback in January.