The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) today announced that its number two official, Principal Deputy Director Kevin R. Brock, will retire from federal service at the end of February.
Brock is a career FBI Special Agent who has been assigned to NCTC since November 2005. As Principal Deputy Director, Brock played key roles in implementing NCTC’s critical mandate to provide comprehensive analysis of terrorist threats; strategic operational planning of the nation’s coordinated terrorism response; and, mission management of the intelligence community’s counterterrorism efforts.
NCTC director, retired Navy Vice Adm. John “Scott” Redd, said, “Kevin Brock has made tremendous contributions during his tenure here in enhancing NCTC’s capabilities as the nation’s center of excellence for counterterrorism and in fully implementing Congress’s vision for the Center. He led our efforts to coordinate counterterrorism information sharing across the intelligence community and, in so doing, continued a lifetime of service dedicated to protecting the safety and security of the American people. I want to thank Kevin and his family for their dedication and the sacrifices they have made for the nation.”
Prior to his assignment to NCTC, Brock served as the first Assistant Director of the FBI’s new Directorate of Intelligence. In this role, he was instrumental in developing and implementing plans that established the Directorate and fostered a disciplined, formal intelligence process in the FBI.
Brock joined the FBI in 1983 and had assignments to five different field offices around the country (Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, and Cincinnati) along with three tours at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. While assigned to Los Angeles early in his career, he was a member of one of the first Joint Terrorism Task Forces established in the United States. As squad supervisor in Seattle, Brock led important and productive investigations against both international and domestic terrorism subjects. And as the Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati field office, he oversaw the disruption and dismantlement of the first Al Qaeda-linked operational cell detected in the U.S. after 9/11.
Brock will be succeeded in his role by Michael Leiter, who currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to joining the ODNI, Leiter served as the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Director of the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Leiter served with Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney and with the U.S. Navy as a naval flight officer.