Martin Petersen

Martin Petersen

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Former Acting Executive Director, CIA

Martin Petersen spent 33 years with the CIA, retiring in February 2005 as Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director. In the course of his agency career, he ran two large analytic units (The Office of East Asian Analysis and the Office of Asian Pacific Latin America Analysis) before becoming Associate Deputy Director of Intelligence for Strategic Plans and Programs, the first Chief Human Resources Officer for CIA, and Deputy Executive Director. During his CIA Career, Mr. Petersen received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Since retiring, Mr. Petersen has concentrated on intelligence training, executive development, strategy formulation, and change management for the Defense and Intelligence Communities. Mr. Petersen is an Asian expert and author of multiple articles on intelligence and Asian events, including What I Learned in 40 Years of Doing Intelligence Analysis for US Foreign Policymakers; Reflections on Readings on 9/11, Iraq WMD, and Detention and Interrogation Program; and Questions About the War on the Terrorists.

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