Former Deputy Director of National Security, FBI
Former Deputy Director, Counterterrorist Center, CIA
Senior Research Fellow, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Philip Mudd joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985 as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East. He began work in the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center in 1992 and then served on the National Intelligence Council as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia (1995-98). He later managed Iraq analysis at the CIA (1999-2001). Mr. Mudd worked on Middle East issues at the White House National Security Council in 2001 and left after the September 11 attacks for a short assignment as the CIA member of the small diplomatic team that helped piece together a new government for Afghanistan. He returned to CIA in early 2002 to become second-in-charge of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of the Center in 2003 and served there until 2005, when FBI Director Mueller appointed him as the first-ever deputy director of the National Security Branch in 2005. He later became the FBI’s Senior Intelligence Adviser and then resigned from government service in March 2010.
Mr. Mudd has commented about terrorism often in Congress, and he has been featured by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, BBC, MSNBC, al-Jazeera, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Mr. Mudd has written in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and Sentinel, the journal of the US Military Academy’s Combatting Terrorism Center. He now serves as Senior Global Adviser to Oxford Analytica, a British-based firm specializing in advising multinational companies. He sits on the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group and is on the advisory board of the National Counterterrorist Center.