Philip Mudd: The Art Of Thinking Backwards | TEDx

Philip Mudd: The Art Of Thinking Backwards | TEDx


In this TEDx video, Philip Mudd discusses thinking backwards to solve problems versus traditional methods on the stage at TEDxMemphis. He uses his experience in counterterrorism to prove these methods work.

Philip Mudd spent 25 years in the federal government working on national security issues, especially counterterrorism at the CIA, FBI, and White House. He served as the Deputy Director of the Counterterrorist Center at the CIA and worked as the senior intelligence advisor at the FBI. He left government in 2010 and now speaks, writes, consults, and teaches. His most recent book, The HEAD Game, a guide to critical thinking and problem solving, was published in 2015. HE appears frequently on CNN as the network's counterterrorism analyst, and he speaks to universities, law enforcement officials, and companies about issues such as decision-making and national security.

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First Deputy Director of the National Security Branch (NSB) and Former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center

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As a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, Philip Mudd studies issues of counterterrorism, intelligence, and homeland security. He was the first deputy director of the National Security Branch after its establishment and was also the former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Additionally, he served on a team that helped piece together a new government for Afghanistan after 9/11. He is the recipient of numerous CIA awards and has been featured on all major networks and in national publications as a specialist in counterterrorism.