Jose A. RODRIGUEZ, JR. was born in Puerto Rico and raised in South America. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida before being recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency as a clandestine service officer. In this capacity he served his country for thirty-one years.
As Director of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center he led worldwide intelligence collection programs and covert action operations against international terrorists following the ouster of terrorists from Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
He is also a former Deputy Director of the Counternarcotics Center and Chief of Latin America Division. During his career he served in seven overseas assignments and was Chief of Station four times.
At the time of his retirement in 2008,
Rodriguez was the Director of the National Clandestine Service. In that position he led all CIA human clandestine operations and coordinated community.
Afghanistan, March 2002
During his career, Rodriguez has received many honors and awards including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Award, the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award and three Director of Central Intelligence Awards
With President Karzai on a CIA plane, circa 2002
Mr. Rodriguez has a J.D. from the University of Florida School of Law. He and his wife Patti live in the Washington, DC suburbs and have two adult sons, Nic and Alec
Afghanistan from a CIA helicopter