Nine Years Later: Finding Osama Bin Laden

  • Friday, May 1
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Digital Public Program
A screenshot from a video conference call shows two men with graying hair. A man to the left of the frame is listening intently with his hands clasped in front of him. To the right, a man in glasses is speaking.

A decade of hard-fought teamwork culminated in Operation Neptune Spear, the raid on the Abbottabad compound which brought Osama bin Laden to justice. On the ninth anniversary of the raid, Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), offers an insider’s look at what inspired key leaders to continue pursuing an elusive target. In light of the current global pandemic, Cardillo also reflects on the role of the intelligence community (IC) in response to widespread infectious disease, drawing on his experience during the Ebola outbreak of 2014. As we look to apply our collective lessons learned, Cardillo offers some suggestions about increased responsibility for the IC going forward—while well aware of the civil liberty and privacy implications.



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Other Resources

  • Related Exhibition: Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden
  • Blog Post: Launching a New Online Public Programming Series May 1
  • Blog Post: Former NGA Director Describes Role of Intelligence Community in Hunt for Bin Laden

Through the second annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security, presented by Fiserv, public programs in 2020 are made possible by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist & Craig Newmark Philanthropies, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lockheed Martin Corporation, SOS Security, and Verizon.