Nicholas Eftimiades is a professor at Penn State University. He teaches in the School of Public Affairs, Homeland Security program. In 2017, Eftimiades retired from the US Department of Defense. His 34 year government career included employment in CIA as a Technical Operations Officer, Special Agent in the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and as a Senior Intelligence Officer in Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Mr. Eftimiades held positions in analysis, human and technical intelligence collection, and program management. He had overseas assignments in Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow, London, and Tokyo. His long career in DIA includes senior assignments as the Chief of Counterterrorism Operations, Transnational Issues Division, Futures Division, and Space Division. He has been awarded the National Intelligence Council Achievement Award and DIA Director’s Intelligence Award – that agency’s highest recognition of achievement. He distinguished himself numerous times in the senior ranks of the intelligence and defense communities. As a subject matter expert Nick was called upon to provide Congressional testimony and briefings to the Cox Commission, the Joint Economic Committee, President’s Commission on the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, and individual meetings with Congressional Members and staff.
Mr. Eftimiades was also a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College War Studies Department, London UK. He has an M.S. Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University; and a B.A. East Asian Studies, George Washington University. Mr. Eftimiades has authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology, and space issues. Nick’s book “Chinese Intelligence Operations,” is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of the People’s Republic of China. To date, it remains the only scholarly analysis of China’s intelligence services and operational methodology.
Nick is a frequent lecturer and public speaker and has appeared as an expert on CBS Evening News, Dateline NBC, ABC’s Day One, BBC, BBC America, National Public Radio, and dozens of other television and radio broadcasts. He has been quoted in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the world.
Mr. Eftimiades is also the founder and chairman of a the Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FoGE), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring youth to pursue an interest in engineering and science.