Enrique "Ric" Prado

Ex CIA ops officer & CTC chief of ops
Expert on paramilitary, counterterrorism, special / clandestine operations
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"Ric is a rare breed — a man as comfortable operating behind enemy lines in disguise as he is strolling the halls of power in a suit. He reminds me of an ancient warrior-poet, the kind who reads haiku before going into battle with a very sharp sword."
Annie Jacobsen
New York Times bestselling author of "Area 51" and "Surprise, Kill, Vanish"
Areas of Expertise

Ric is available for training, consulting and speaking engagements, with notable expertise in the following areas:

  • Intelligence, clandestine operations
  • Aerospace, military
  • Inspiring, motivating
  • Leadership, strategy, vision
  • Security, counterterrorism
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Performance improvement, sales
Ric's Background

Enrique “Ric” Prado is a paramilitary, counterterrorism, and special / clandestine operations specialist. Ric is a twenty-four-year veteran of the 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.

Ric 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 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 CIA/CTC.  He retired as a Senior Intel Service-2, a major general rank equivalent within the CIA.

He is fluent in his native Spanish and once held a 2+ level in Japanese. He received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal (the highest award given to a retiring operations officer), and the George Bush Medal for Excellence in Counterterrorism, among others. 

Ric’s memoir Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior will be available in 2022.

Presentation Examples

Ric's stories and lessons learned from the following aspects of his career always wow audiences:

  • Socialism
  • Communism
  • Terrorism
  • Cuba's expansionism
  • The Global War on Terror
Partnership Examples
  • Macquarie Oil, Montreal
  • Blackwater USA
  • SOCOM
  • OSW
  • Army SF components
  • AFSOC components
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • AFIO
Listen to Ric featured in SPYSCAPE's hit podcast, True Spies
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