Olsen previously worked for over two decades as a leading government official on national security, cyber, and law enforcement issues. Olsen served for three years in the Obama Administration as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and helped to lead the government’s counterterrorism efforts. Prior to joining NCTC, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency, serving as NSA’s chief legal officer and focusing on surveillance law and cyber operations.
Olsen also served in leadership positions at the Department of Justice, where he managed national security and criminal cases and helped establish the National Security Division. Olsen also was Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For over a decade, Olsen worked as a federal prosecutor and began his public service career as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
In addition to his public service, Olsen was a co-founder and president of IronNet Cybersecurity and a national security analyst for ABC News. Olsen also teaches at Harvard
Law School and the University of Virginia. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and serves on the board of Human Rights First and several advisory boards.
Olsen graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia.