About Fred Fleitz

fleitz State 2002Fred Fleitz is a Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs with the Center for Security Policy, a former CIA analyst, news commentator, and public speaker.  He served for 25 years in national security posts with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the House Intelligence Committee staff.

Fleitz is the author of Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s (Praeger, 2002) and Obamabomb: A Dangerous and Growing National Security Fraud (2016).  He also edited books in 2016 on China, Warning Order: China Prepares for Conflict and Why We Must Do the Same and Russia, Putin’s Reset: The Bear is Back and How America Must Respond.   He is currently working on books on intelligence reform and nuclear proliferation.

Fleitz has appeared on many U.S. and international TV and radio programs, including on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, BBC, ITN, Sky News, Sky News Arabia, CBC, CTV, The Blaze, One America News and others.  Fred’s op-eds articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, the Jerusalem Post and other publications.

Fred’s work for the Center has focused on terrorism, radical Islam, the Middle East, the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, and intelligence reform.  Fred has been a leading voice in print and media interviews against the nuclear deal with Iran and helped expose secret side deals between Iran and the IAEA that allowed Iran to inspect itself for evidence of its past nuclear weapons-related activities.

Fred has extensive national security experience with the executive and legislative branches of government.  He served for 19 years as a CIA analyst focusing on a wide variety of issues, including WMD proliferation.  Fred served for four years as Chief of Staff to John Bolton when he was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control.  In this job, Fred was a U.S. delegate to several major international arms control conferences, including the International Atomic Energy Board of Governors, the UN General Assembly First Committee and the Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference.  In his five years with the House Intelligence Committee staff, Fred was a senior aide to Chairman Peter Hoekstra and the committee’s expert on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs.

Fred’s work on the Iranian nuclear program also includes his July 2016 book Obamabomb: A Dangerous and Growing National Security Fraud. A second edition of this book was published in September 2016.  Fleitz articles on the nuclear deal with Iran include:

Fred Fleitz also has written extensively and given many media interviews on intelligence issues, NSA reform and electronic privacy. His work on these issues includes:

Selected Speeches

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February 11, 2014,  Las Vegas Committee on Foreign Relations: Forum on Iranian Nuclear Program
“We all are still thinking and talking about you.  Both during and after the forum, I really  enjoyed hearing your studied insights on Iran and other security issues — and your warm and fun way of interacting with me and the others in the audience  . . . “

March 25, 2014,  Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations: The Snowden Leaks and American Privacy
“Last night was fabulous. Absolute A plus. We had over 80 people in attendance. All were complementary. One of our best and most timely talks.”

April 12, 2014, Reserve Officer Association of Michigan: Russian Military Power and Situation in Ukraine
“Once again thank you for taking the time to present to our organization last Saturday.  The attendees were definitely interested and we all learned a few new things about Russia and some of things driving their leadership.”

April 15, 2014,  Boise Committee on Foreign Relations: Situation in Syria
“Fred Fleitz could not have been more straight forward and charming in his presentation at the BCFR last evening. He also met with BSU Honors College students, so his short visit to Boise was very well received and appreciated.”

April 15, 2014, Boise State University: The Snowden Leaks and Foreign Policy Career Opportunities

April 16, 2014, University of Idaho:  The Snowden Leaks and American Privacy
“We appreciated the effort you went to in contacting us and working through our various issues . . . My students indicated that they appreciated the combination of surety and nuance in different parts of your talk.”

April 21, 2014, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV: The Snowden Leaks and American Privacy
“Thank you so much for visiting with us on Monday. The folks at OSIX certainly appreciated the opportunity to meet with you, and we are very pleased with the turn-out we had for your presentation.”

May 20, 2014, Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations/Channel City Club: The Snowden Leaks and American Privacy. Click HERE to read related press story.

May 30, 2014, Capitol Hill: The IAEA and Iran’s Continuing Nuclear Deception.  Click HERE to watch.

October 29, 2014, Tampa Committee on Foreign Relations: Containing the Threat from ISIS.
“The response from our members was enthusiastic and appreciative.  You covered a wide range of topics and did a terrific job handling the Q&A with short answers to allow more time for questions.”

November 11, 2014, Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations: Containing the Threat from ISIS
“I wish to thank you for your outstanding discussion with us on Tuesday.  Your thoughts were well organized and thoughtfully analytical–clearly the long discussion that followed you prepared comments reflected the interest that you aroused among the group.  I appreciated your bipartisan approach but showed your willingness to stick to your guns when challenged.  There are, in fact, no easy solutions.”

November 19, 2014, Heritage Foundation panel on the Iran nuclear talks.  Click HERE to watch.

January 29, 2015: Iran Truth Squad briefing on Capitol Hill.  Click HERE to watch.

April 16, 2015, Heritage Foundation Panel: The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Critical Issues.  Click HERE to watch.

July 13, 2016, EMET lecture on Capitol Hill on “Obamabomb” book and one-year anniversary of nuclear deal with Iran.  Click HERE to watch

July 14, 2016, Heritage Foundation lecture on “Obamabomb” book and one-year anniversary of nuclear deal with Iran.  Click HERE to watch.


Selected Publications and Media Interviews (see main page for more recent articles)

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What Kerry and Obama Tried to Keep from Congress and the Public: Iran Will Collect Its Own Samples for the IAEA (NRO 7/24/15)

IAEA Tells Congressmen of Two Secret Side Deals to Iran Agreement That Won’t Be Shared with Congress (NRO 7/22/15)

Obama Defies Congress by Going to UN on Iran Deal (Newsmax, 7/20/15)

Fleitz appears on O’Reilly Factor to discuss preventing lone wolf terrorism (7/16/15)

Iran Nuclear-Surrender Watch: Thoughts for Congress (NRO, 7/10/15)

“We’re Conceding the Bomb to Iran”: Fred Fleitz with Dana Loesch on The Blaze, 7/9/15

CCTV Debate on Nuclear Deal With Iran (7/8/15)

Jerusalem Post op-ed: Nine Red Lines for a Good Nuclear Agreeement with Iran (7/7/15)

Rudaw debate on Iran nuclear talks (6/30/15)

Even liberals are beginning to panic over Obama’s nuclear sell-out to Iran (World Tribune, 6/29/15)

Obama’s nuclear surrender to Iran (Breitbart.com 6/29/15)

Assessing Edward Snowden After Two Years of Leaks (EWTN, 6/11/15)

NSA Reform, Privacy and the Snowden Leaks (CCTV interview, 6/10/15)

RT Debate on Patriot Act Renewal/Metadata program (6/8/15)

NYT Belatedly Admits Obama Hasn’t Frozen Iran’s Nuclear Program (NRO 6/2/15)

CCTV Debate on Senate Patriot Act Debate and Extenson of NSA Metadata program (6/2/15)

Christie Is Right: Rand Paul’s Fearmongering on NSA Surveillance Is ‘Baloney’ (NRO, 5/20/15)

NSA Data Collection: Necessary, or Unconstitutional? (NRO.com, 5/11/15)

Fleitz Rips 3 Democrat Senators for Demanding CIA Apology (Newsmax 5/11/15)

Did Bill and Hillary Clintons’ greed threaten America’s national security? (FoxNews.com, 4/24)

President Obama is Desperate for a Nuclear Deal with Iran.  Fox News, 3/16/15

Congress’ Letter On Iran Was Leadership, Not Treachery (Investor’s Business Daily 3/14/15)

Fred Fleitz debates GOP letter to Iran with the far left (RT 3/12/15)

Shutdown of Anti-Jihadist Network Sun News a Big Loss for Canada and the World (Breitbart.com, 3/12/15)

Israel’s Former Mossad Chief Is Playing Politics with Iran’s Nuclear Program (NRO, 3/10/15)

Why Obama’s Iran Deal is a Path to War (NY Post, 3/2/15)

Surprise: The Obama Administration’s New National-Security Strategy Never Mentions ‘Jihad’ National Review Online, February 10, 2015

Coherent U.S. strategy needed to defeat global jihad movement (Washington Times, 2/6/15)

Who Oversees the Overseers?  National Review Online, February 3, 2015

Why Iran’s Nuke Program Could Be Even Bigger than You Might Think National Review Online, Janaury 22, 2015

Fleitz: Paris Attacks Signal Dangerous Collaboration Between Al Qaeda, ISIS Fox News.com, January 17, 2015

Why Paris attacks signal collaboration not competition between Al Qaeda groups Fox News.com January 14, 2015

Paris attack highlights precarious balance between liberty and security  Aljazerra Interview, January 9, 2015

Journalistic Courage and Appeasement after the Charlie Hebdo Killings Center for Security Policy, January 8, 2015

Fleitz: Europe Fears Putin May Retaliate Over Sanctions on Russian Economy  Fox News, January 5, 2015

Senate Torture Report Violates Attorney-Client Privilege Newsmax, January 5, 2015

Five Reasons Why the Senate ‘Torture’ Report Became a Flop Breitbart.com, December 29, 2015

Two Overlooked Lessons From the North Korea Sony Hack Center for Security Policy, December 22, 2015

Interview with Sun News Network on enhanced interrogations (Canada), December 10, 2014.

How Can Unjust Inquiry Investigate ‘A Stain on Our Values?‘  Newsmax, December, 10, 2014

Interview with CTV News on Senate Intelligence Committee report on enhanced interrogations, December 9, 2014.

Interview with Newsmax TV News on Senate Intelligence Committee report on enhanced interrogations, December 9, 2014.

Senate Dems Politicize Intelligence Oversight.  Center for Security Policy, December 9, 2014.

Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks Prolongs Obama’s Enrichment Debacle. Center for Security Policy, November 24, 2014

Let Leahy’s NSA Reform Bill Die in the Lame Duck.  Center for Security Policy, November 18, 2014.

Fred Fleitz on Fox News: Synagogue attack linked to Temple Mount tension.  November 18, 2014.

Are We Already Conceding the Bomb to Iran?  National Review Online, November 14, 2014.

Obama’s Pandering to Iran Has No Limits.  Center for Security Policy, November 7, 2014.

Fleitz and LTC Ralph Peters discuss on Fox News whether radicalism is behind recent terrorist attacks.  October 24, 2014.

Fleitz discusses with Fox News how ISIS is using social media to recruit followers.  October 23, 2014.

The Iran Nuclear Give-Away.  National Review Online, October 2, 2014.

Fleitz discusses the threat from ISIS with Fox News. August 23, 2014.

ISIS Never Wanted Ransom for Foley.”  Center for Security Policy, August 21, 2014.

ISIS Never Was a ‘JV’ Terrorist Group.”  Newsmax, August 15, 2014.

Five Untruths in the CIA Spying on Congress Story.”  Newsmax, August 4, 2014.

Misleading Claims by Greenwald and New York Times on NSA/FBI Spying on American Muslims.”  Center for Security Policy, July 9, 2014.

Iraq is Not a US Intelligence Failure.” Newsmax, July 2, 2014.

Drilling Setbacks Will Not End Appeal of Arctic Oil.” Alaska Politics and Elections, July 1, 2014.

Four Things Congress Must do to Deal with the Iraq Crisis.” Newsmax, June 25, 2014.

Grandstanding Against the NSA.”  National Review Online, June 23, 2014.

Egypt Shutting Down the Muslim Brotherhood.”  Center for Security Policy Interview, May 14, 2014.

House NSA Bill is Imperfect But Could Be Made Much Worse.”  Center for Security Policy, May 27, 2014.

Stuck in an Intelligence Bubble.” Center for Security Policy, May 9, 2014.

LIGNET Got Benghazi Right.  Why Didn’t the CIA?”  Newsmax, April 5, 2014.

The Senate’s CIA Report.”   National Review Online, April 2, 2014.

Mike Rogers Retirement a Blow to National Security.”  Newsmax, April 1, 2014

NSA IG Gets It Mostly Right on NSA Reforms.”   National Review Online, Feb. 27, 2014.

What the News Media Missed in the Senate Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report.”  Center for Security Policy, Feb. 14, 2014.

Center for Security Policy press release: New Center Study Warns President Obama’s NSA Reforms Jeopardize National Security.  January 27, 2014.

Fleitz discusses the Snowden leaks with The Blaze, January 17. 2014.

Center for Security Policy press release: Senior National Security, Intelligence Professionals Warn President Obama Against Damaging U.S. Collection Sources and Methods.  January 17, 2014.

A Critique of the Recommendations by the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies”  January 13, 2014.

Analysis of NSA Reform Proposals.  Center for Security Policy, Jan. 13, 2014.

New York Times Had Reporter at Benghazi Consulate.” Newsmax.com, Jan. 2, 2014.

The NSA Metadata Program Isn’t Doomed.”  National Review Online, Dec. 18, 2013.

Should Intelligence Chief Clapper be Prosecuted for Lying to Congress?”  Newsmax.com, Dec. 10, 2013.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Defines Compliance Down.”  National Review Online, Nov. 19, 2013.

Fred Fleitz discusses the Snowden leaks with RT.  Nov. 14, 2013.

Time to Start Protecting Intelligence Whistleblowers.” Newsmax.com, Sept. 18, 2013.

Preventing Future Snowdens.” National Review Online, August 9, 2013.

Fred Fleitz and Michael Scheuer Debate Radical Islam in the Middle East.  Fox News, April 24, 2013.

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