For the past ten months, Rolf has been living in the Middle East; writing and observing the situation there from the inside out. His insights are buttressed by decades of intelligence and international experience.

Rolf is a 23 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency whose last position in government was as Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy. As a CIA intelligence officer, Rolf served in various domestic and international posts, to include Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations, Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorist Center, and Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. His overseas assignments include Stockholm (1984-1987), Moscow (1988-1990, 1992-1994), Athens (1990-1992), Yerevan (1992), Zurich (1994-1996) and Oslo (1998-2000).

Rolf is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at Belfer, having departed in June 2011. During his three years at the center, he authored several ground breaking papers. An expert on nuclear terrorism, Rolf revealed the depth of terrorist efforts toward a nuclear capability in thought provoking reports, such as Islam and the Bomb and Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat: Hype or Reality?

Rolf is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for six years in the Army as an Armor officer. He is a recipient of the CIA Director's Award, the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Medal, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, Secretary of Defense Civilian Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Intelligence Superior Performance Medal, among others.


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