Dale Bendler


Dale served with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations as senior executive from 1983-2014 with 20-plus years overseas. He has experience on five continents, to include 3 times as Chief of Station, as well as years managing programs and resources in Washington D.C. Dale is a veteran of paramilitary, intelligence and counterintelligence operations, country team and interagency coordination. He was and remains a trusted senior intelligence advisor to ranking Intelligence Community and U.S. Military officials. His foreign field expertise centered on Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the GWOT. In Washington, D.C. Dale was a Deputy Chief of a Geographical Component and Deputy Chief of Operations for Counterterrorism for CIA. Fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, Dale received his BA from Rutgers University and an MA from the Naval War College. He attended Pinnacle: Executives Performing at the Peak, Northwestern University; the Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program; and the Aspen Leadership Seminar. Dale is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975-1979 in Force Reconnaissance where he underwent Airborne and Ranger training. At CIA he was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Post retirement Dale is an instructor for US Army Special Forces (SWIC), US Navy Seals (East and West coasts), USMC Special Operations, CIA’s Counterterrorism Mission Center, and he provides geopolitical risk analysis for a number of private sector entities.