amy tannerAs I write this, I am well aware that my law partner, Ron Sykstus, wishes that I was writing this blog about a best-selling fiction novel that he has written! Unfortunately for him, that is not the case! Fortunately, though, for anyone who has worries or concerns about his or her security clearance, I am writing this blog post about Ron’s newest book, Security Clearance Issues, Problems, Denials and Revocations as he is too shy about his excellent work to write this himself!   The book is available at Amazon and Ron also provides a free e-copy of this book to anyone who has a paid consultation with him.

security-clearance-issues-coverRon is well qualified on this topic. He is a former Army JAG lawyer and has been doing this type of work for many, many years.  In fact, here is a blurb that his former boss, a Colonel JAG officer, wrote about some of his work while he was on active duty:

…”CPT Ron Sykstus defended a Ft. McClellan 1SG charged with Art. 92 violations (fraternization) and two Art. 134 violations (indecent assault and false swearing). In a contested BCD/SPCM with and enlisted panel, the court completely acquitted the accused. CPT Sykstus challenged the validity of the regulation, and the prosecution called the commanding general as a witness. CPT  Sykstus has recently had 3 soldiers retained in recent administrative elimination boards…”


This is so long ago (it was written right after the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm) that Ron doesn’t like me to remind him of it due to the aging process! In any event, he has a great deal of experience in this area and he has had a lot of great results in helping government, civilian and active/reserve military service members to be able to retain their security clearances. He has successfully handled matters covering all areas of concern to the government to include financial considerations, drug involvement, alcohol consumption, personal conduct, criminal conduct, sexual behavior, foreign influence, foreign preference, misuse of information technology and security violations.

Your Initial Consultaion

An initial consultation with Ron covers the initial time and work on any clearance situation through the initial stage of the process, includes a client interview and discussion, evaluation, responses to troubling and problematic SF 86 questions, answers to interrogatories, polygraph preparation and reply to a DOHA statement of reasons and intent to revoke a clearance.

His goal with all of his security clearance clients is to put the clearance issue to rest at the lowest possible level.  He says this ALL the time and truly hopes to get these matters resolved for his clients quickly and efficiently. Ron says it is critical and he urges prospective clients to discuss and review their concerns with him at the absolute earliest time so that they can make sure any potential issues are put in the best possible posture for security clearance success. He is keenly aware of the importance of a security clearance for both a military career and government and civilian contractor jobs.

I am proud of my partner for the excellent work that he does for his clients. I have read his new book and encourage anyone that has any level of clearance, even if it is not currently in any kind of jeopardy, to read this book. It can be beneficial to you no matter your clearance status.


Ron handles security clearance cases nationwide.  If you need assistance, please feel free to reach out to him at, by phone at 256-713-0221 or by Ron’s email. If you reside outside of our local area, Ron will accommodate you with an initial consultation over the telephone. I encourage to reach out from wherever you may reside.

Amy Tanner
Written by Amy Tanner

Amy K Tanner is a shareholder in several of the Bond & Botes Law Offices. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. She focuses primarily on consumer bankruptcy law in the Huntsville and Decatur offices.Read her full bio here.

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