A member of CIA’s Senior Analytic Service, Gina Bennett is a long-standing member of the Senior Analytic Service currently on assignment as the Senior Counterterorrism Advisor in the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning in the National Counterterrorism Center.
Ms. Bennett is a seasoned counterterrorism specialist who authored the earliest warnings of some of today's terrorism trends, including the 1993 report that warned of the growing danger of Osama Bin Laden and the extremist movement he was fomenting. Her analysis has been called "prescient," "genius" and "prophetic" by major media and former government officials who recognize the insightfulness of her work over decades.
In addition to her early work, her 30-year career in the counterterrorism field includes authoring the 2006 National Intelligence Estimate “Trends in Global Terrorism Implications for the US” while she was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats; serving as the CIA staff member of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission on Terrorism in 1999-2000; contributing to the formation of the targeting career discipline; and holding a variety of positions in Washington, DC and in the field on most every aspect of terrorism and analytic tradecraft.
Ms. Bennett was featured in the 2015 Showtime documentary, Spymasters, the HBO documentary, Manhunt, and in the PBS documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America in their episode on women in war for her role as a trailblazing woman in the counterterrorism field. She has been featured in the cover story of Newsweek’s issue on “Women in CIA” in 2016 and in a previous Newsweek article for her role as a female pioneer in the targeting; and in a variety of media for her book, National Security Mom.
Ms. Bennett graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia in 1988 and earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate from the US Marine Corps War College. She teaches ethics in intelligence as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University in the Security Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and is a single mom of five children.