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Chris Miller

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The Honorable Christopher Miller was sworn in as the seventh director of the National Counterterrorism Center Aug. 10, 2020.  He most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism.

From 2018-2019, Director Miller served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism and Transnational Threats at the National Security Council responsible for strategic level policy making and implementation, and support to senior NSC and White House leadership.


Director Miller served in the military from 1983-2014. He began his military career as an enlisted Infantryman in the Army Reserve in 1983 and also served in the District of Columbia National Guard as a Military Policeman.  He was commissioned as an Infrantry Lieutenant in 1987.  In 1993, he transferred to Special Forces.  Director Miller participated in the initial combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in addition to many follow-on deployments to both theaters.  He also has extensive inter-agency and joint special operationsl experience.


After retirement, Director Miller worked as a defense contractor providing clandestine Special Operations and Intelligence expertise directly to the Under Secretaries of Defense for Intelligence and Policy.


Director Miller obtained his bachelor's degree in history from the George Washington University in 1987; holds a Master of Arts degree in national security studies from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Naval College of Command and Staff, as well as the Army War College.  He lives in Virginia with his wife and they have three grown children.

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Darryl Fengya

Darryl Fengya

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Mr. Fengya assumed the duties of the National Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director in in an acting capacity in October 2020. He has been the Director for Operations Support since March 2009. The Directorate of Operations Support provides around-the-clock support to NCTC and the broader counterterrorism community. The Directorate develops and rapidly disseminates terrorism situational awareness intelligence, facilitates information sharing, enables NCTC operations through crisis management and response planning, manages NCTC exercise and special event support, and coordinates IC support to international special events on behalf of the DNI.


Mr. Fengya joined NCTC in August 2007. Serving in the Strategic Operational Planning Directorate as a Senior Group Chief, he was responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of various national level counterterrorism plans. Prior to this assignment Mr. Fengya served on the Secretary of Defense staff working for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence from October 2004 through July 2007.


In 2004 Mr. Fengya transitioned to civilian service from the United States Navy following 27 years of active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer, having attained the rank of Captain. During his Navy career he worked closely with the Navy’s aviation, surface warfare, underseas warfare, and SEAL communities while serving in operational and staff assignments. His Navy career included assignments ashore, afloat, and overseas culminating in his assignment as the Director of Intelligence of the United States Joint Forces Command. While on active duty Mr. Fengya was a fully qualified Joint Duty Officer.


Mr. Fengya is a graduate of Indiana University, and holds Masters Degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies and in International Relations. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval War College. As a National Security Fellow he attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also attended Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and Cybersecurity Policy Executive Seminar.


Mr. Fengya was born and raised in Indiana. He is married and has two sons.


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Pamela Duke

Pamela Duke

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Ms. Pamela Duke assumed the duties of the National Counterterrorism Center Executive Director in an acting capacity in October 2020.  She is also NCTC's Director of the Enterprise Management Office and began that position in September 2020.  The Enterprise Management Office comprises the Talent Development and Resource Management Groups.


Ms. Duke was previously the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Transformation and Innovation for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. There she was responsible for setting a vision for the ODNI and the Intelligence Community that sees beyond the status quo and overcomes barriers to transformative change.


In 2017, Ms. Duke completed a year Recanati-Kaplan Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. Upon her return to the ODNI, Ms. Duke served as a core member of the ODNI Transformation Team responsible for developing initiatives, processes and structures that enable the ODNI to address the IC's most difficult challenges.


Ms. Duke previously served as the Executive Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and held the position of Deputy Director, Policy.  Ms. Duke began her tenure with the ODNI in 2008 serving as a Senior Policy Analyst.  She previously worked in industry developing emerging technologies to counter Improvised Explosive Device attacks and supporting counterterrorism programs from 2001 to 2008.


Ms. Duke began her intelligence career in the United States Marine Corps where she was a Russian and Chinese linguist.  She received her Juris Doctor from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, and her Master of Arts Degree from St. John's College.