Mark Henshaw began his CIA career with the Agency's Office of Transnational Issues in 1999 as a Science, Weapons & Technology analyst and became a founding "plankholder" with the Agency's Information Operations Center (IOC) in 2001. In 2006, Mark graduated from the CIA Sherman Kent School's Advanced Analyst Program and undertook a three-year rotation with the CIA Red Cell, a unit charged with "taking a pronounced 'outside-of-the-box' approach that will provoke thought and offer an alternative viewpoint on the full range of analytic issues."
During 16 years at CIA, Mark earned eighteen Exceptional Performance Awards and was the recipient of the prestigious Director of National Intelligence's 2007 Galileo Award, which "recognizes innovative and creative solutions to the United States future intelligence challenges." His winning co-authored paper, "A National Security Simulations Center" proposed that the DNI should establish an Intelligence Community (IC) center that would promote and organize war games for IC training, analysis, and outreach.
Mark graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a Master's of International Relations from the David M. Kennedy School of International and Area Studies; and a Master's of Business Administration from the Marriot School of Management.