Christine Abizaid: The Woman Nominated to Run America’s National Counterterrorism Center
Washington DC - President Biden nominated Christine Abizaid as the first woman to lead the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
Abizaid spent nearly a decade as a counterterrorism intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency before transitioning to the National Security Council, first as a Director for Counterterrorism and then as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.
In 2014, she was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Her last government post was leading the Defense Innovation Unit’s newly established presence in Austin, Texas.
Abizaid joined Dell Technologies in 2017 and currently serves as an executive in its Global Operations organization.
“Christy brings a command of counterterrorism issues, leadership acumen, and enterprising approach that will enable her to effectively steer NCTC and lead the CT mission into the future,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said. “Christy is an outstanding selection for this critical position, and I look forward to working with her to protect our nation.”
Abizaid, who holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, has also lent her expertise to the National Security Council during the Obama administration. There, she started off as a Director for Counterterrorism and then became the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. And she previously served for nearly a decade as a counterterrorism intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Her father, John P. Abizaid, was a US Army General who performed duties as the head of the country’s military Central Command and oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was later picked as the American ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Trump administration.