"A State of Mind: Faith and the CIA" is a memoir of the life and work of a CIA officer. It is also a journey of faith. During the Cold War, the art of handling and recruiting spies was the focus of intelligence work. In those days, the practice of espionage raised serious moral and ethical issues, but it was a well-established and universally accepted form of statecraft. The shocking 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on America forced a fundamental reassessment of the purpose of intelligence and its role in safeguarding a nation. US intelligence, the military, and their allies waged a global war against terrorism using extraordinary means that raised unprecedented moral and ethical issues. Spies were joined by drones. Extreme measures were developed to kill, capture and interrogate terrorists. A reluctant witness to history was compelled to answer the call from God and country.
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard in 2009, he served for three years as the Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the US Department of Energy. Prior to this, he served for 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts, including Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations, Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorist Center, and Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. Prior to his career in intelligence, Rolf served as an officer in the Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is married to Rosie. Born a Lutheran to Norwegian parents, Rolf culminated his journey of faith by converting to Catholicism in Amman, Jordan, in 2013. After many assignments in Europe and the Middle East, spanning five decades of service to country, Rolf and Rosie returned to the US for good in 2016.