Anand Arun

Anand Arun was named the Senior Intelligence Officer at DIA’s Defense Combating Terrorism Center in January 2020, where he is responsible for overseeing all of DIA’s analysis on transnational terrorism issues.

Anand Arun

For nearly 15 years, he has focused on terrorism in South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States as well as groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.

He began his IC career at State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), where he served as both a lead analyst and intelligence briefer on South Asia transnational issues to multiple U.S. Ambassadors and Assistant Secretaries of State. He later worked at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) analyzing homegrown violent extremism and al-Qaeda's external threat to the United States.

In 2011, he joined DIA and quickly rose to serve as the Senior Intelligence Analyst for Middle East terrorism issues for nearly 5 years, not including a deployment to Afghanistan with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in 2014. In 2016, he was selected as a Senior Editor on both DIA’s Defense Intelligence Digest (DID) and Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) staffs.

From October 2018 to January 2020, he worked at CIA headquarters while detailed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as the PDB Briefer to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He holds a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor.