Jeremy B. Bash was the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense (2011-2013) and the Central Intelligence Agency (2009–2011). As a senior advisor to Leon Panetta in both roles, Bash worked on a number of key initiatives, including the creation of a new defense strategy, formation of two defense budgets, counterterrorism operations, a new cyber strategy, and a range of sensitive intelligence operations.
A native of Arlington, Virginia, Bash graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School before attending Georgetown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Hoya, and graduated magna cum laude.
In 1998, Bash graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following his graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Leonie Brinkema, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia. Also in 1998, he married Dana Bash, who has become a prominent journalist. They divorced sometime before her second marriage to John King in 2008.
In 2000, Bash served as the National Security Issues Director for the Presidential campaign of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman. In that role, he advised the candidates, their surrogates, and staff on national security policy matters, including the Middle East peace process, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation, missile defense, and trade.
From 2001 to 2004, Bash was in private law practice with the firm O’Melveny & Myers in their Washington, D.C. office. His practice focused on congressional investigations, regulatory matters, and litigation. Bash was admitted to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, DC, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has spoken at conferences or as part of courses for Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, American University, and the National War College.
Bash previously served as Chief Counsel of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the U.S. House of Representatives. In this position, he advised the Committee Chairman and the other 11 members of the committee's majority on policy and oversight matters related to the operations of the nation's 16 intelligence agencies. The committee authorizes the annual budget for the intelligence community and provides oversight for a wide range of operations, from collection, to analysis, to covert action.
Bash is a regular commentator on network and cable news and a contributor to print news.
He was interviewed by The New York Times in regard to an October 5, 2013 U.S. Special Operations Forces raid in Tripoli, Libya that resulted in the capture of Abu Anas al-Libi, a terrorist target who was indicted in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Bash also appeared as a commentator on PBS NewsHour and was interviewed on ABC World News regarding both the Tripoli raid and an aborted raid in Somalia to capture an al-Shabab commander known as Ikrimah.
In 2008, a minor character based on Bash appeared in the HBO original movie Recount about the 2000 United States presidential election recount in Florida. Bash was portrayed by Derek Cecil. Bash was also portrayed in the 2012 movie Zero Dark Thirty, in which he is called by his first name only, both within the film and as billed in the cast credits.
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- "Interview by Judy Woodruff with PBS Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner". PBS NewsHour. 2013-10-07.
- "Threats Follow US Special Operations in Libya, Somalia". ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. 2013-10-07.
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