Fred 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:
- Yes, Trump’s Going to Dump the Iran Deal (NRO, 11/14/16)
- Tear Up or Renegotiate the Obamabomb Nuclear Deal with Iran? (NRO, 7/15/16)
- First anniversary of Iran nuclear deal marred by massive cheating (Fox News Opinion, 7/14/16)
- 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)
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:
- Did Santa Bring You a Smartphone? Uncle Sam Wants the Passcode. (Epic Times, 12/29/15)
- NSA Data Collection: Necessary, or Unconstitutional? National Review, May 11, 2015
- Let Leahy’s NSA Reform Bill Die in the Lame Duck. November 18, 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.
- Center for Security Policy press release: New Center Study Warns President Obama’s NSA Reforms Jeopardize National Security. January 27, 2014.
- A Critique of the Recommendations by the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies. January 13, 2014.
- Should Intelligence Chief Clapper be Prosecuted for Lying to Congress? Newsmax.com, Dec. 10, 2013.
- Time to Start Protecting Intelligence Whistleblowers.” Newsmax.com, Sept. 18, 2013.
- Preventing Future Snowdens. National Review Online, August 9, 2013.
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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)
Click HERE to view Fred’s National Review author page.
President Obama is Desperate for a Nuclear Deal with Iran. Fox News, 3/16/15
Shutdown of Anti-Jihadist Network Sun News a Big Loss for Canada and the World (Breitbart.com, 3/12/15)
Surprise: The Obama Administration’s New National-Security Strategy Never Mentions ‘Jihad’ National Review Online, February 10, 2015
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
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.
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.
Fleitz discusses the Snowden leaks with The Blaze, January 17. 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.