"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 the National Counterterrorism Center
Matthew G. Olsen
Matthew G. Olsen was sworn in as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on 16 August 2011 upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Prior to joining NCTC, Mr. Olsen served as the General Counsel for the National Security Agency where he was the chief legal officer for NSA and the principal legal advisor to the NSA Director.
Mr. Olsen previously served in the Department of Justice as an Associate Deputy Attorney General and was responsible for supervising and coordinating national security and criminal matters. He also was Special Counselor to the Attorney General and Executive Director of the Guantanamo Review Task Force. In 2009 he managed the interagency process to implement the President’s executive order calling for a comprehensive review of the intelligence information pertaining to individuals currently detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Mr. Olsen served as the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the presidential transition. He supervised the daily operation of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. From 2006 to 2009 he was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division and was responsible for the management of the Department’s intelligence operations and oversight. In this position, Mr. Olsen supervised the implementation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and advised government officials on intelligence activities and national security.
From 1994 to 2006 Mr. Olsen was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. From 2005-2006 he was the chief of the office’s National Security Section, where he supervised the investigation and prosecution of terrorism, espionage, and export violation matters. Mr. Olsen served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2004 to 2005.
Mr. Matthew Olsen graduated from Harvard Law School (J.D.) and the University of Virginia (B.A.).