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Nicholas Rasmussen to be Nominated Full-Time NCTC Director

Nicholas Rasmussen
Nicholas Rasmussen

Nicholas Rasmussen, acting director at the National Counterterrorism Center since September 2014, will be nominated to lead the federal anti-terror organization on a full-time basis.

Rasmussen became NCTC deputy director in June 2012 and served on the National Security Council as a special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism from 2007 to 2012, the White House said Friday.

He also held senior policy and planning roles at NCTC for three years and conducted reviews of the federal government’s strategic programs for the U.S. war on terror.

Between 2001 and 2004, he was director of regional affairs within NSC’s combating terrorism office, where he worked on U.S. counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

He previously spent more than a decade at the Department of State and provided special assistance to the special Middle East coordinator from 1996 to 2001 and to the ambassador-at-large from 1994 to 1996.

He also held the position of foreign affairs analyst in the agency’s bureau of political-military affairs between 1991 and 1994.

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