For Immediate Release
August 12, 2005
FBI National Press Office
ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP OF NATIONAL SECURITY BRANCH
Washington D.C. - Director
Robert S. Mueller III is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary M. Bald
as head of the FBI's new National Security Branch (NSB). Mr. Bald currently
serves as Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence.
Philip Mudd, currently Deputy Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center
(CTC), will serve as deputy head of the NSB. Mr. Bald and Mr. Mudd have the
full confidence of Attorney General Gonzales and Director of National Intelligence
Negroponte, both of whom have concurred with this decision.
Consistent with the recommendation
of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Commission) and the President's memorandum
of June 28, 2005, the FBI is consolidating the positions of EAD for Counterterrorism
and Counterintelligence and EAD for Intelligence into a single EAD for National
In their new positions,
Mr. Bald and Mr. Mudd will oversee the FBI's counterterrorism, counterintelligence,
and intelligence programs, which are being consolidated under the new NSB.
They will be responsible for the FBI's national security mission, including
the continued development of a specialized national security workforce. Mr.
Bald will be the lead FBI official responsible for integrating the FBI's
national security mission with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
and the Intelligence Community.
Director Mueller said, "The
National Security Branch is the next step in the evolution of the FBI's intelligence
capabilities. As head of the NSB, Mr. Bald will work to further the integration
of our intelligence collection and analysis capabilities, and will direct
our national security resources in accordance with the leadership of the
"We have put together
a management team for the NSB that is uniquely qualified to implement the
Bureau's intelligence strategy in a manner that meets the requirements of
both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence, and
maintains the FBI's commitment to protecting civil liberties. Gary Bald brings
to this new position a wide range of operational and leadership experience,
which he has demonstrated over nearly 28 years of service with the FBI.
"Philip Mudd brings
extensive expertise in both intelligence operations and intelligence analysis,
as well as in-depth knowledge of international terrorism and the Middle East.
I look forward to working with both of them on full implementation of the
Gary M. Bald
Mr. Bald began his career
with the FBI in September, 1977 and has served in a wide variety of investigative
and management positions. He served as a Special Agent for eight years in
the Albany and Philadelphia Divisions, conducting investigations in the Organized
Crime, Drug, Violent Crime, Public Corruption and Civil Rights Programs.
He has served in management positions as Supervisor in the Office of Professional
Responsibility; Supervisor, Organized Crime/Drug Squad, Newark Division;
Assistant Inspector, Inspection Division; and Unit Chief, Criminal Investigative
Division. He has also served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the
Atlanta Division; Inspector-in-Charge of the Justice Task Force, where he
led a criminal investigation of a high-profile Boston Organized Crime/Corruption
matter relating to Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger;
and as Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Division, where he was responsible
for all FBI activities in Maryland and Delaware and directed the FBI's nationwide
efforts in the Washington-area sniper investigation in the fall of 2002.
Thereafter, Mr. Bald was
selected by Director Mueller to be the Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism
Operations, Counterterrorism Division. In this position he was responsible
for all FBI international and domestic terrorism investigations, including
those involving weapons of mass destruction. He was subsequently selected
to assume the position of Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division,
where he oversaw all aspects of world-wide FBI counterterrorism activities.
In October 2004, Director
Mueller selected Mr. Bald to serve as the Executive Assistant Director for
Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence. In this capacity, he has had overall
responsibility for all aspects of the FBI's two highest priority investigative
programs, which, in addition to terrorism and counter-intelligence, include
espionage, counter-proliferation and foreign intelligence matters.
Mr. Bald has received
numerous awards for his exemplary service, including the Presidential Rank
Award for Meritorious Service in 2004, the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding
Partnerships in Law Enforcement, also in 2004, the Director's Award for Excellence
in Investigations in 2003, and the FBI's Ethics Award in 2001.
Mr. Mudd joined the CIA
in 1985 as a leadership analyst responsible for South Asian issues and continued
as a political analyst specializing on India and Sri Lanka until the early
1990s. He began work at the CTC during 1992-95, focusing largely on terrorism
in the Middle East with an emphasis on Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.
He later joined the National Intelligence Council for a tour as Deputy National
Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia during 1995-98; his portfolio
on the Council included interagency analysis on Iranian and South Asian issues.
He worked as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Deputy Director for
Intelligence in 1998-99 and then spent two years as chief of CIA's analytic
group directed against Iraq.
Mr. Mudd returned to the
CIA in January 2002 from the Near East Section of the White House National
Security Council (NSC), where he served as the Director responsible for Gulf
and other Middle Eastern issues. His NSC tour concluded with his joining
Ambassador James Dobbins in the U.S. effort to reconstitute a new government
Mr. Mudd currently serves
as second-in-charge of the CTC, which has responsibility for all-source analysis
and global clandestine operations on subjects ranging from al-Qa'ida's leadership
to Hizballah to terrorists' use of chemical and biological weapons.
Mr. Mudd is the recipient
of more than a dozen Exceptional Performance Awards from CIA. He also was
one of the two first-ever recipients of the Langer Award (November 2002),
which recognizes superior achievements in CIA's analytic directorate, and
the Director's Award (July 2004), the highest achievement award personally
given by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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