John Sano, Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Sano spent 28 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and was appointed Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service (previously the Directorate of Operations) in November 2005 by then-DCI Porter Goss. Mr. Sano came to this position after having previously served as Chief of the East Asia Division in the Directorate of Operations. As Deputy Director, Mr. Sano chaired the NCS’ Senior Leadership Team and oversaw the day-to-day management of the country’s Clandestine Service. Previous positions within the CIA included serving as a Chief of Station in two foreign and one domestic location, as well as nearly 15 years of overseas experience in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Among other senior assignments, Mr. Sano was the CIA’s chief of North Korean operations and directed the CIA’s efforts during the Balkan conflict in the mid-90’s.
Prior to joining the CIA, Mr. Sano earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Asian Studies from St. John’s University in New York, as well as a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University. Mr. Sano also serves on the Board of Directors of Garda Federal Services. Mr. Sano is presently Vice-President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) as well as a Senior Advisor with The Chertoff Group.