Mr. Bash has spent the past 20 years advising national leaders and chief executives on a range of strategic, management, legal, and policy issues. His clients include America’s leading companies in the areas of tech, defense, finance, security, and aerospace.
In addition, Mr. Bash is a recognized expert on national security affairs, serving as a national security analyst for NBC News and MSNBC where he provides commentary and analysis on defense issues, intelligence matters, the Middle East, China, Russia, North Korea, U.S. counterterrorism operations, cybersecurity, and current counterintelligence investigations.
He 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 then 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; the formation of two defense budgets; the drawdown of two wars; counterterrorism operations; a new cyber strategy; and a range of sensitive intelligence operations. He traveled with Secretary Panetta to more than 50 countries. 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.
At the Pentagon, Mr. Bash managed the Office of the Secretary of Defense, an entity with 2,500 employees and a budget of $4 billion.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Bash served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill, including as 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 practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where his practice focused on litigation, high-profile investigations, and strategic counseling to CEOs of several publicly traded companies.
In 2000, Mr. Bash was the Defense and Foreign Policy Director of the Presidential Campaign of Vice President Al Gore. He was also a member of Gore’s legal team during the 36-day recount in Florida. The same year, he served as an associate with Fontheim International, one of the preeminent consulting firms advising major corporations on trade policy, business social responsibility, and political risk.
He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, and the Donovan Award from the National Clandestine Service. In 2010, Time Magazine named Mr. Bash as one of the nation’s Top 40 Civic Leaders Under 40.
In 2017, Mr. Bash served as a member of the Congressionally-directed panel on the Roles and Responsibilities of the National Intelligence University.
Mr. Bash is a regular speaker and presenter at the CIA Director’s Leadership Seminar; the U.S. Army Senior Leadership Course for General Officers; and at various programs held at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University, and the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
Mr. Bash graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School where he graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.