"Simply put, NCTC brings people—and information—
together in a way that did
not happen prior to
September 10, 2001."
Hon. Nicholas J. Rasmussen
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 the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2017, the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2016, 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.