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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Black Ops CIA Shadow Warrior: My Q&A With Legendary CIA Counterterrorism Officer Ric Prado
Counterterrorism magazine published my Q&A with
CIA legend Ric Prado.
You can read the
interview via the below pages or the below text:
My Q&A with CIA
Legend Ric Prado
Enrique “Ric” Prado is a paramilitary, counterterrorism, and
special/clandestine operations specialist, with a focus on international
training operations and programs. He is a 24-year veteran of the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he served as an Operations Officer in six
overseas posts. He was Deputy Chief of Station and “Plank Owner” of the
original Bin Ladin Task Force/Issues Station under Senior Analyst Michael
Scheuer, as well as Chief of Station in a hostile Muslim country. He also
served as Chief of Operations in the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (CTC) during
the September 11th attacks, where he helped coordinate CIA/CTC’s special
operations (SPECOPS) activities with the National Security Council and FBI, as
well as with elite U.S. military representatives from Delta Force and SEAL-Team
Six, then detailed to CTC/CIA. He retired as Senior Intel Service-2 (SIS-2,
Major General equivalent at CIA).
Ric Prado spent his first ten
years at CIA as a paramilitary officer in Special Operations Group/Special
Activities Division (SOG/SAD, Ground Branch) which is CIA’s “special operations
force.” His service included 36 months in Central America jungles as the first
CIA officer living in the anti-Sandinista “Contra” camps. Subsequently running
counterterrorism/insurgency operations in Peru and in the Philippines. Other
key positions included head of the CIA’s Korean Operations and Chief of CIA
Liaison in Seoul, ROK. He is fluent in his native Spanish and once held a 2+
level in Japanese.
His military training and
qualifications include Airborne, SCUBA, Advance Combat Medical Rescue,
S.E.R.E., Mountain Climbing, and Jungle Survival under the auspices of the US Air
Force elite Pararescue Teams (1971-1976). CIA training included: Ops/Case
Officer certification training (The Farm), Counterterrorist Operations,
Advanced Tradecraft Course, Free-Fall parachuting, Draeger close-circuit
(Combat Diver’s 1984 and SEALS 2003), Korean Ops, and numerous CT driving and
weapons-related courses. Ric Prado is also a graduate of the elite Henk
Iverson’s Lone Operator course (2018).
Ric Prado retired from the CIA
in 2004. He is now co-owner of Camp X, Special Operations Lone Operator
Training Group and continues his service training and supporting the “SPECOPS”
Community as Subject Matter Expert (SME) at the SWCS’ ASOT (Advanced Special
Operations and Techniques) and ASOT Managers Course, Dragon Warrior, Emerald
Warrior, among others.
Ric Prado is the author of
“Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior.”
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