On September 11, 2001, Mary Margaret Graham was in New York City when the United States was attacked. The tragedy of that day resulted in demands for fundamental change to the structure of the US government's national security sector.

In this seminar, Mary Margaret Graham will discuss how the events on that day and the aftermath of the attacks reshaped the intelligence community. She will also provide a look back at the efficacy of the changes that were made, and examine how the results have held up almost 18 years later.

Intelligence Project Director Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.


Mary Margaret Graham was appointed as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection in May 2005.  In this role, Graham worked on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence to conceptualize and manage DNI oversight of intelligence collection programs across the Intelligence Community.  She was responsible for developing a dynamic, enterprise approach to intelligence collection across the 16 agencies of the IC as well as the planning for future intelligence capabilities to ensure national priorities are appropriately reflected in systems acquisition decisions.

Graham previously served as the Associate Deputy Director for Operations for Counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency.  In her 29 years with the CIA she has had numerous field and headquarters assignments.  From 1999 to 2001, Mrs. Graham served as Chief of the Directorate of Operation’s National Resources Division; from 1998 to 1999, Graham served as the Deputy Chief of the Directorate of Operations Europe Division.  She also served as the Executive Assistant to William Crowell, then Deputy Director of the National Security Agency in the mid-1990’s.

Graham has earned several prestigious medals for her service: the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2008, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2008, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2008, the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 2005, the Donovan Award in 2001, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1996.