"After almost 10 years of service, NCTC has become a center of gravity in our nation’s fight against terrorism and it’s our commitment to this team effort with communities throughout the country, with the government at all levels, and with the private sector that is at the core of our ability to identify and prevent the threat of terrorism."
Hon. Matthew G. Olsen
Director of NCTC
Nicholas J. Rasmussen
Nicholas "Nick" Rasmussen was sworn in as the
Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
(NCTC) on December 18, 2014, upon his
confirmation by the United States Senate. He
previously served as NCTC’s Deputy Director
since June of 2012.
Prior to returning to NCTC, he had served since
October 2007 with the National Security Council
staff as Special Assistant to the President and
Senior Director for Counterterrorism, where he
was responsible for providing staff support to
the President, the National Security Advisor and
Homeland Security Advisor on counterterrorism
policy and strategy.
Mr. Rasmussen previously served at NCTC from
2004-2007 in senior policy and planning
positions responsible for producing net
assessments of U.S. counterterrorism policy and
strategy for the National Security Council (NSC)
and the President. From 2001 to 2004 he served
on the NSC staff as Director for Regional Affairs
in the Office of Combating Terrorism where he
focused on Middle East, Southeast Asia and
related counterterrorism issues in the period
after September 11, 2001.
He joined the Department of State in 1991 as a
Presidential Management Intern in the Bureau
of Political-Military Affairs and for more than a
decade served in a variety of key positions. Mr.
Rasmussen was Special Assistant to the State
Department's Special Middle East Coordinator,
Ambassador Dennis Ross, from 1996-2001,
providing support to the Arab-Israeli peace
process. From 1994-1996 he was a Special Assistant to Ambassador-at-Large Robert Gallucci,
providing analysis of the negotiation and
implementation of the U.S.-North Korea Agreed
Framework. He worked as a foreign affairs analyst in
the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs from 1991-
1994 focusing on Persian Gulf security issues
following Operation Desert Storm, including
negotiation for U.S. forces' access and basing in
Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates,
and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Rasmussen received a B.A. degree with high
honors from the College of Social Studies at
Wesleyan University and was awarded a Masters in
Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow
Wilson School at Princeton University. He is the
recipient of numerous awards, including an
International Affairs Fellowship by the Council on
Foreign Relations, and has taught a course on U.S.
counterterrorism policy at Georgetown University's
School of Foreign Service.