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J. Paul Pope

 J. Paul Pope retired from the CIA after multiple foreign tours, service as Chief of Station, and assignments as Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief of Ops in three of the Directorate of Operations’ (DO) largest components. As Chief of the Training and Tradecraft Division, he was responsible for the training enterprise, which included three centers and two separate groups, as well as adapting tradecraft and training to emerging technical challenges and mission imperatives. 

He also served as Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement, Head of Delegation to NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee, and as the Representative of the Director of National Intelligence and Director of CIA to the Commander of the US Pacific Command. He served several foreign tours with the DO and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before becoming an operations officer, he was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia on the National Intelligence Council and he led the Insurgency Studies Branch in in the Directorate of Analysis.

Mr. Pope was previously an Army officer, with service on the Army General Staff in the Pentagon after twice commanding at the company level, including command of the only active firebase in the Army on the Korean DMZ. He received his M.A. with Distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Command and General Staff College, an Honor Graduate of the Field Artillery Advanced Course and a graduate of the National War College’s CAPSTONE course. He retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.