11 Sep 2021

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 the OODA Network including former intelligence community leaders and operators. 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 second part of the series, 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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10 Sep 2021

A CIA Officer and Delta Force Operator Share Perspectives on 9/11

We started the OODAcast as a way of highlighting insights and lessons learned from leaders and decision-makers in the OODA Network including former intelligence community leaders and operators. 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 Officer and Congressman Will Hurd and former CIA and Delta Force operator Gary Harrington.

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06 Nov 2018

Spanish police bust fake credit card ring, arrest 9/11 financier

“Spanish police announced on Saturday that they had arrested 19 people in connection with a fake credit card ring. One of the suspects was a 49-year-old Algerian who has already spent time in prison after being convicted of helping to fund the September 11 attacks. The Algerian financier, whose name has

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18 Oct 2018

‘Terrorism does not terrorize’ suggests new global health study

A review of 400 research articles that examine the link between terrorist attacks and mental health suggests that terrorism is not correlated with increased distress in comparison with other distressing events. The association of terrorism with global/public health concerns that is often made in commentaries are likely the result of

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