4 Terrorism Questions for former NCTC Director Nicholas Rasmussen

| Nicholas J. Rasmussen
Nicholas J. Rasmussen
Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center

This week’s release of the Intelligence Community’s unclassified Worldwide Threat Assessment made clear which groups the IC believes pose the greatest terrorist threats to the U.S. in 2019.

The list of terrorist organizations includes: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Homegrown Violent Extremists (‘likely to present the most acute Sunni terrorist threat to the U.S.’) Shia Actors (including groups backed by Iran), Lebanese Hezbollah, and Violent Ethno-supremacist and Ultranationalist Groups.

The Cipher Brief posed four questions to former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen, who is currently the Senior Director of Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute.

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The Author is Nicholas J. Rasmussen

Nicholas “Nick” Rasmussen currently serves as Senior Director for Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. and as Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). Rasmussen joined the McCain Institute and ASU on May 21, 2018 after having stepped down as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on December 23, 2017. He is also currently serving as an... Read More

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