Jeremy Bash

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Jeremy Bash
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Jeremy Bash in December 2013
Nationality United States
Education Georgetown University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Known for Chief of Staff U.S. Department of Defense
Chief of Staff Central Intelligence Agency
Home town Arlington, Virginia
Spouse(s) Robyn Bash (2009-present)
Dana Bash (1998-2007) (divorced)

Jeremy B. Bash was the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Defense (2011–2013) and the Central Intelligence Agency (2009–2011).[1][2] 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.

Bash is currently a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies LLC, which he founded with partners Philippe Reines and Andrew Shapiro in 2013.[3][4] Additionally, Bash serves as national security analyst for NBC News and its cable division, MSNBC.


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder, and Penetta's chief of staff Jeremy Bash at NATO headquarters in Brussels (2013)

Born to a Conservative Jewish family[5] and raised in 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.[6] In 1998, Bash received his J.D. degree with honors from Harvard Law School,[7] where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[6] Following his graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Leonie Brinkema, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.[8] Bash was admitted to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, DC, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.[citation needed]

In 2000, Bash served as the national security issues director for the presidential campaign of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman.[6] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] He then served as chief minority counsel on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the U.S. House of Representatives and as an aide to California Representative Jane Harman, the committee's top Democrat.[9]

He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[citation needed] He has spoken at conferences or as part of courses for Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, American University, and the National War College.[citation needed]

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.[10] 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.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Robyn Bash, Vice President at the American Hospital Association.[13]

He was married to CNN cable television journalist Dana Bash from 1998 to 2007. [9][14]


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.[2][15] 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.

In 2010, Bash was named as one of TIME Magazine's 40 Under 40.[16]


  1. ^ Bumiller, Elizabeth (2011-07-01). "Change (but Not Too Much) at the Top of the Pentagon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  2. ^ a b Stein, Jeff (2009-03-03). "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash". Huffington Post.
  3. ^ Zach Fryer-Biggs. "Clinton Allies Join Bush Alum To Form New Consulting Group". Defense News. Archived from the original on 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  4. ^ Juliet Eilperin (2013-09-03). "Former Hillary Clinton aides form bipartisan consulting firm". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Jewish Standard: "News from a Jersey girl - CNN’s Dana Bash talks at a benefit for the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School" by Joanne Palmer May 1, 2015
  6. ^ a b c Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School: "Jeremy Bash '89" retrieved November 1, 2015
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  8. ^ Dwyer, Timothy (2006-03-17). "A Firm Grip on the Gavel". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  9. ^ a b Huffington Post: "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash" by Jeff Stein April 3, 2009
  10. ^ Peter Baker and David E. Sanger (2013-10-06). "Raids Show the Limits of U.S. Military Strikes". "The New York Times".
  11. ^ "Interview by Judy Woodruff with PBS Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner". PBS NewsHour. 2013-10-07.
  12. ^ "Threats Follow US Special Operations in Libya, Somalia". ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. 2013-10-07.
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  14. ^ "Weddings". The New York Times. 1998-09-06. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
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  16. ^ "40 Under 40". Time. 2010-10-14.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jeremy Bash at Wikimedia Commons