Naqib Mirzada

Afghan Allies Project Lead

Biography

Naqib Mirzada was born in Kabul, Afghanistan just as the Taliban first came to power in his country. His father served as colonel in the National Security Directorate. Service was engrained in him from his earliest years.

Naqib was selected to attend the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico.
Following this, he was then selected to attend and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, class of 2017, and served in the Afghan Special Forces as part of several US/NATO joint task force special operations units. He earned a US Bachelor of Science degree from West Point with a double major in International Relations and Defense Strategic Studies and a minor in Systems Engineering. He also graduated from the US Army’s premier leadership course Ranger School, Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, and Air Assault School.

Upon returning to Afghanistan, Naqib first served as an Intelligence Officer with the 3rd Special Forces Mobile Training Team and embedded with frontline commando units to design, implement and assess training, equipment, and technology strategies for the Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps Headquarters. Given his performance, he was promoted to Chief of Operations for the Combined Situational Awareness Room (CSAR), a crisis response operations center that served as a core strategic initiative for US/NATO/Afghan senior leaders. At the CSAR, he led several technology transformations to include, the deployment of Palantir across Afghan forces and co-founding the first US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)-built software solution in Afghanistan for crisis response that streamlined operational reporting. Afterwards, Naqib was then selected for an elite commando team to deploy to emerging crisis locations where he planned and supervised nearly 600 national priority missions involving over 400 Special Forces and Commandos, which led to the liberation of over 50 people held captive by ISIS or Taliban. Naqib’s final assignment was the Joint Operations Center Director to oversee the US/NATO military and embassy withdrawal, managing 80 personnel and over $4 million in equipment. In addition, he was in charge of daily briefings and coordination activities between Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense and senior US Military leaders until the fall of Kabul.

Naqib is fluent in English, Dari/Farsi, and Pashto. His military awards include the “Barial” Medal (2021) from the President of Afghanistan for bravery, US Army Achievement Medal (2020) from the US/ NATO senior special operations leader (2-star US Army Commanding General) for meritorious service, US Army Air Assault badge (2014), and the US Army Ranger Tab (2018).