The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior with Ric Prado Author of Black Ops

EDGE for Peak Performance

Nov 30 2022 • 1 hr 7 mins

Ric and Brandon talk about Ric's life escaping from Cuba, his career in the CIA, the book and a lot of other things not in the book that you''' enjoy.

About Ric Prado
Enrique “Ric” Prado is a paramilitary, counter-terrorism, and special/clandestine operations specialist, with a focus on international training operations and programs.

Mr. Prado is a twenty-four year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as an Operations Officer in six overseas posts.  He was Deputy Chief of Station and “Plank Owner” of the original Bin Ladin Task Force/Issues Station under Senior Analyst, Michael Scheuer, as well as Chief of Station in a hostile Muslim country.   He also served as Chief of Operations in the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (CTC) during the September 11th attacks, where Mr. Prado coordinated CIA/CTC’s special operations (SPECOPS) activities with the National Security Council and FBI, as well as with elite U.S. military representatives from Delta Force and SEAL-Team Six, then detailed to CTC/CIA.

Mr. Prado spent his first ten years at CIA as a paramilitary officer in Special Operations Group/Special Activities Division (SOG/SAD) which is CIA’s “special operations force,” including 36 months of service in Central America as the first CIA officer living in the anti-Sandinista “Contra” camps, running counter-terrorism operations in Peru and the Philippines.

Mr. Prado is now semi-retired but enjoys serving the “SPECOPS” Community as Subject Matter Expert (SME) at the SWCS’ ASOTC (Advanced Special Operations and Techniques Course) and ASOT Managers Course, Dragon Warrior, Emerald Warrior, among others.


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