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Jeremy B. Bash was the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency .


Bash, Jeremy B. was born in 1971. Son of Marvin and Deborah Bash.


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.


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. Following his graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Leonie Brinkema, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia. Bash was admitted to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, DC, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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. 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. He has spoken at conferences or as part of courses for Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, American University, and the National War College.

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.


He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



Marvin Bash

Deborah Bash