Decision-Making Inside the CIA Counterterrorism Center Before, During and After 9/11
We started the OODAcast as a way of highlighting insights and lessons learned from leaders and decision-makers in OODA Network. Many of these interviews are also with members of the intelligence community who have very personal and powerful professional stories to tell about the early moments of September 11th. On this, the weekend of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we have curated some of these interviews – pulling threads and highlighting where these leaders were at the moment the first plane hit, the early actions taken by the CIA, and their personal and professional journey in the days, weeks, and years after the attacks.
Themes emerge throughout these interviews on topics such as how clearly the intelligence community warned of the pending attacks, the early preparedness of a response by the intelligence community, the role the agency played in the success of the early stages of the campaign in Afghanistan, leadership in a crisis, empowering your team and finding the right people to execute on a plan, clear decision-making while operating in a low information environment, situational awareness and the qualities and best practices of a true leader. In this article, we draw on perspectives from former CIA Counterterrorism Center (CTC) Director Cofer Black and former CIA CTC Director of Operations Ric Prado.
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