Arturo Munoz (intelligence)

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Arturo G. Munoz
Born Arturo G. Munoz
(1949-08-06) August 6, 1949 (age 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Education BA, MA, ABD, Ph.D
Alma mater Stanford University, UCLA, Loyola University, Central Intelligence Agency
Known for CIA Chief of Operations, PsyOps, Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency
Awards CIA Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and CIA Career Achievement Medal

Arturo G. Munoz (born August 6, 1949) is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer with three decades of deep analytical skills and operational experience, both in the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) and in the Directorate of Operations (DO). He managed highly classified covert-operations and HUMINT collections for the CIA National Clandestine Service in various high-ranking positions. Munoz is recognized at the CIA as a brilliant Intelligence Officer and a Psychological Operations expert with countless successful programs; to include ingenious covert-action campaigns with verifiable impacts in Latin America, Southwest Asia, the Balkans, the Middle-East, and North-Africa.


Munoz holds B.A. in history and Spanish literature from Loyola University an M.A. in anthropology and Ph.D. in Latin American history, from Stanford University; and an ABD in anthropology, from UCLA. As a graduate student, Munoz did field work with the Emberá people in Panama’s Darién Province, and the Yanomamo in Venezuela’s Upper Orinoco. He lobbied for the Sierra Club as a volunteer in Washington D.C. against US funding for the Pan-American Highway in the Darien Gap, arguing that completion of this road would devastate the tropical forest environment, as well as its indigenous people. At the CIA, Munoz pioneered the application of anthropology to intelligence in groundbreaking intelligence assessments on insurgencies in Latin America.

Munoz retired overtly from the CIA in 2009 and continues to work in the private sector as a Senior Political Scientist.[1] for RAND Corporation specializing in Intelligence, Psychological Operations (PsyOps), Counterinsurgency, Counterterrorism, with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. At RAND, Munoz is widely respected for his innovative vision of a Civil Defense approach among the locals in Afghanistan. On behalf of RAND, he returned to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009, 2010 and 2013, meeting a wide range of civilians and military officials, as well as Pashtun tribal leaders, Arbakai commanders and former Taliban members.

Munoz also spent his post-CIA career participating in diverse international lectures and conferences, to include lecturing on Afghanistan at the Foreign Service Institute and teaching courses on Intelligence, National Security, and International Affairs at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies (CSS).[2]

Munoz's analysis/commentaries have been aired on international media, cable stations, national television, streamed over the internet and cited on newspapers/magazines, such as, C-SPAN,Reuters, PBS, London Times, the Wall Street Journal, Asia Times Online, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New York Times, Financial Times, Voice of America, International Herald Tribune, and various other media venues.

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