Gary Ross joined the faculty as an Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of International Affairs , in the fall of 2020. He serves as the Director of Intelligence Studies for the Washington, DC teaching site. During his twenty-seven-year career as a special agent and supervisory special agent, Professor Ross conducted and supervised criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations and operations for the Department of Defense, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Department of Homeland Security. He provided oversight for the Intelligence Community's national unauthorized disclosure program, participated in the establishment of an agency-wide insider threat program for the Department of Homeland Security, and served as the senior agency representative to a joint task force responsible for disrupting the illegal acquisition of military technology. His international experience includes assignments throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East, where he coordinated force protection and counterterrorism operations with host-nation law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Professor Ross graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology and earned a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He completed the Executive Leadership program at American University and Carnegie Mellon University's Insider Threat Management program. He has attended advanced training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and Joint Military Intelligence Training Center.
He is a recipient of the Director of Central Intelligence team award for countering foreign denial and deception and the Department of Defense team award for national security investigations. Professor Ross is the author of Who Watches the Watchmen? The Conflict between National Security and Freedom of the Press.
"Espionage, the First Amendment and the Case against Julian Assange." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (2020).