Lieutenant General Bennet Sacolick retired on 1 July 2016 with more than 35 years of Active Duty service completing his career as the Director for Strategic Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center where he wrote and assessed National Security Strategies and provided policy recommendations on behalf of the White House and National Security Council.
Bennet Sacolick is a career Special Forces Officer who has extensive experience in analyzing and providing innovative solutions to complex strategic problems. He has been involved at the highest levels of government in the development, implementation, and assessment of national counterterrorism and countering violent extremism strategies, has led multiple interagency planning efforts resulting in Presidential Directives and Executive Orders, and directed the talent management and development efforts of the entire Special Operations Community creating the most comprehensive advanced education and training programs in their history.
A seasoned organizer, administrator and manager with superb written and oral communication skills, General Sacolick has successfully advocated before Congress, senior political and military leadership and now serves as the President of his own consulting company, Cape Fear Global Solutions-LLC focused on leader development, strategic planning and national security issues.
Lieutenant General Sacolick has commanded at the detachment, troop, squadron, group, task force, and division level, to include Commanding both the Army’s most elite and lethal fighting force, 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force), and the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, the Army’s Special Operations Center of Excellence. General Sacolick also served as the first Deputy Director for Defense at the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counter Terrorism Center and created the Directorate of Force Management & Development at Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command.
He has conducted operations in more than 30 countries spanning 4 continents and worked directly with US Ambassadors and their country teams, senior foreign military and government representatives in each country. He also participated in combat operations in El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, and Named Operations; JUST CAUSE (Panama), DESERT STORM (Middle East), TF RANGER (Somalia), JOINT ENDEAVOR (Bosnia), ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan), and IRAQI FREEDOM (Middle East).
His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Francisco State University, a Master’s in Administration from Central Michigan University and completion of the National Clandestine Services Graduate Studies program while serving as an Army Fellow at the Central Intelligence Agency.