Ambassador J. Cofer Black
Former Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State
Former Director, CIA Counterterrorist Center
Vice President, Blackbird Technologies
Ambassador Black is an internationally acknowledged, 30-year career U.S. Government leader and expert in counterterrorism and national security. He is Vice President for Global Operations at Blackbird Technologies. During 2005–2008, he conducted international business development as Vice Chairman of Blackwater Worldwide and also served as Chairman of Total Intelligence Solutions. During 2002–2005, at the Assistant Secretary of State level, he reported to the Secretary of State for developing, coordinating, and implementing American counterterrorism policy as Coordinator. He served a 28-year career at CIA, reaching Senior Intelligence Service level as Director, Counterterrorist Center. He completed six successful operational CIA tours abroad in field management positions focusing on counterterrorism, but also addressing regional security issues, counterintelligence, and covert action.