Robert Briskman retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after a 27-year career, including as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, a small cadre of CIA’s senior-most leaders. Mr. Briskman spent more than two decades in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations as a Senior Operations Officer, serving in Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. He served as Chief of Station multiple times, operating in a foreign language, responsible for all U.S. intelligence and operational activity against the full range of national security objectives in the areas of operation. As Chief of Station, he managed risk and security issues for multiple U.S. government agencies, advised foreign partners regarding intelligence and security issues, and mitigation strategies for emerging terrorist, geo-political, and counter-intelligence threats.
Mr. Briskman’s final role in the CIA was in a senior executive leadership position in CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, managing CIA’s day to day global counterterrorist operations. In this role, he prioritized and triaged terrorist threats to the U.S. homeland and U.S. interests worldwide, and provided strategic leadership for unilateral CIA operations and partnerships with U.S. law enforcement and foreign security services worldwide to investigate and disrupt threats using all available legal means, including covert action. He established a network of contacts and built relationships with select foreign partners to leverage the capabilities of those governments to defend and protect U.S. national security interests. Mr. Briskman has deep risk and crisis management experience, as well as extensive experience in the development of strategy and policy.
Mr. Briskman began his CIA career as a Special Agent in CIA’s Office of Security, with extensive training and experience in investigation, interview, and elicitation techniques. During this period, he also served in leadership roles on CIA’s protective operations teams, providing low-profile personal protection to threatened individuals under CIA auspices across the world. He managed and led the daily activities of protective teams and conducted all aspects of protective operations worldwide, including in dangerous or austere foreign locations where he was responsible for the full range of strategic planning and tactical execution of personnel and venue security. Mr. Briskman also provided executive protection for multiple Directors of CIA, as well as visiting foreign partners.