SpyCast 4.23.24
Ep 630 | 4.23.24

“Navigating a Career in Counterterrorism as a Muslim – with Angie Gad”

Show Notes


Angie Gad (LinkedIn, Website) joined Andrew (XLinkedIn) to discuss her career in intelligence analysis. Angie is a first-generation Egyptian-American. 

What You’ll Learn


  • The role of state fusion centers to national intelligence
  • How counterterrorism analysis evolved after 9/11
  • The connections between ISIS and Far Right Extremists
  • The mental health implications of counterterrorism 


  • The importance of diversity of thought and experience
  • Personal identity in professional life

And much, much more …

Episode Notes

This week on SpyCast, Andrew was joined by Angie Gad, an intelligence analyst with over 10 years of experience in the counterterrorism and mis-and-disinformation field. Angie began her career as a Counterterrorism Analyst for the State of New Jersey, specializing in Islamic State and Far Right Extremist threats. She then transitioned to the private sector and academia, teaching the next generation of analysts and serving as a role model for other young Arab women interested in this field.

In this episode, Andrew and Angie discuss the challenges she faced working as one of the few young female Muslim analysts in the post-9/11 world, and how Angie has been able to fight mis-and-disinformation both in the larger intelligence realm and within her own life. Tune in to learn more!


The state of New Jersey has always been a critical battleground for the United States. During the Revolutionary War, General Washington and the Continental Army spent more time in New Jersey than any other state. New Jersey also had the greatest number of recorded battles, including critical turning points like the Battles of Trenton and Princeton and the Battle of Monmouth

Quotes of the Week

“I think that's what drives me as an analyst. I love to understand why extremists do what they do, what leads them, what are the motivators and the driving force behind their actions and their thoughts and their radicalization.” – Angie Gad.




*Beginner Resources*



  • Compassionate Counterterrorism: The Power of Inclusion In Fighting Fundamentalism, L. Al Olaimy (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2019) 
  • Black Flags: Rise of ISIS, J. Warrick (Doubleday, 2015)
  • Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis & National Security, T. Fingar (SUP, 2011)



Primary Sources 

*Wildcard Resource*

  • The Rosetta Stone was originally found in the Nile Delta of Egypt in 1799. The priceless piece of human linguistic history has been on display at the British Museum since 1802. 
  • The question of the potential repatriation of the Rosetta Stone back to Egypt is one of the most highly discussed topics in the museum field today. Read more about the Egyptian campaign to reclaim their ancient artifacts here.