Episode 13 | Spy Dawg: Espionage, Football & Music

A UGA graduate who becomes a spy and shatters cultural barriers to rise thru the ranks of the CIA to become the Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center, Chief of Africa Division, and Chief of CIA’s iconic operational training facility.

Today’s guest is someone that I met at an alumni reception in Beverly Hills years ago, and at the time he handed me a business card that stated he worked for the State Department, but I had a feeling there was more than meets than eye. And I was right! My guest today is Darrell Blocker, a former high level intelligence officer for the CIA. You could say he was the real life Jack Ryan and 007.

In his 32 years in the Intelligence Community, he rose to the rank equivalency of a 3-star general, served as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), Chief of CIA’s iconic operational training facility, Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center, Chief of Africa Division, and served multiple times as a Chief of Station. When he retired in October of 2018 he was the most senior black CIA officer in the Directorate of Operations.

He’s now an ABC News Contributor as the go-to guy for all things North Korea, Iran, Counterterrorism, and Counterintelligence; he can also be found on set serving as a consultant to the show Condor, collaborating on several creative endeavors, and also working as Chief Operating Officer for MOSAIC, a strategic crisis management intelligence and security advisory firm.

2 comments on Episode 13 | Spy Dawg: Espionage, Football & Music

  1. Anne Wheeler-Lassiter says:

    Very informative and intriguing podcast! DARRELL Blocker seems to be an amazing person! Great interview!

  2. Robert m Lassiter says:

    Great career, another good UGA Alumni!!

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