Profile: Jose Rodriguez, Novitas Group Strategic Affairs Lead

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Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez is a 31-year veteran of the CIA, where he most recently served as director of the National Clandestine Service prior to retirement in January 2008.

As head of the NCS, he was responsible for coordinating human operations across the U.S. intelligence community.

In January 2013, he joined strategy and professional services firm Novitas Group LLC as managing partner for strategic affairs (click over to GovCon Executive for more on his role there).

Between 2002 and late 2004, he served as director of the CIA’s counterterrorism center, having responsibility for worldwide intelligence collection programs and covert action operations against international terrorist organizations following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He has also served as deputy director of the agency’s CIA’s counternarcotics center and chief of the agency’s Latin America division.

During his career, he served in seven overseas assignments and was chief of station four times.

Most recently, he served as an account executive in IBM’s intelligence practice until March 2012, after which he left to promote his book “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives,” which was published April 30.

In April, Rodriguez was featured in a two-part interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

After retiring from federal service, he became a consultant and the managing mirector of J-ROD Strategies. In September 2008, he became senior vice president at Edge Consulting, a national interest security company acquired by IBM in 2010.

He served on the board of directors at MVM Inc. between 2009 and 2011.

Rodriguez is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Award, the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award and three Director of Central Intelligence Awards.

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