About

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Nada Bakos is a Senior Fellow – National Security Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  Ms Bakos is a highly-regarded national security expert with 20 years of in-depth knowledge base in global intelligence. As a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, she was a key member of the team charged with analyzing the relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, during the war in Iraq, Ms. Bakos was asked to serve as the Chief Targeting officer tracking one of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In 2006, Zarqawi was killed in a targeted strike conducted by US military forces. She was recently featured in the Emmy award winning HBO documentary, Manhunt, has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX, NBC and as a resource for journalists at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other major international and national media outlets.

After leaving the CIA, Ms. Bakos worked in a key role with Starbucks Corporation Public Affairs and as a consultant to a variety of organizations.  Ms. Bakos has worked with C-level corporate executives, senior level government officials, and front-line-technical teams to help them understand the business or security-related context to deploying new processes and technologies.

Ms. Bakos is also using her experiences and insights to to develop better analytic experiences to spot promising technologies. She now is focusing her experience from within the Agency as CoFounder of a new technology startup, Didacted, that is aimed at solving the source and information quality problems she encountered at the Agency and on the battlefield. Didacted augments manual verification methods by automating the validation of electronic information using innovative Artificial Intelligence techniques–including natural language processing, deep learning—combined with expert crowdsourcing.  Our approaches verify images, videos, Tweets, breaking news, and other user-generated content.

Ms. Bakos is currently writing a book, to be published by Little Brown, for anticipated release June 2017.

Please note, I am often asked about employment with the CIA or resources on how to apply…I do not represent the CIA in any way but for convenience you will find the application and resources here and here. I regret I am unable to answer questions about the application process.