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Mr. Bash has spent the past 15 years advising national leaders and chief executives on a range of strategic, management, legal, and policy issues.
He is the only Obama Administration official to have served as Chief of Staff in two national security departments or agencies: first as Chief of Staff to the Director of the CIA (2009-2011) and most recently as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (2011-2013). As a senior advisor to Leon E. Panetta in both roles,
Mr. Bash worked on a number of key initiatives, including the creation of a new defense strategy, formation of two defense budgets, the drawdown of two wars, counterterrorism operations, a new cyber strategy, and a range of sensitive intelligence operations. From August 2010 to May 2011, he was a member of the CIA’s senior management team overseeing the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.
From 2004-2008, Mr. Bash served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill, including Chief Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and as a senior national security advisor to Congresswoman Jane Harman. In 2008, he was a member of the Obama-Biden transition team.
Mr. Bash graduated from Georgetown University. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Mr. Bash is a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.