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notable alumni profile: Fred crawford, am'84

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Fred joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1988. Since 2017, he has served as Legal Advisor for the Europe and Eurasia regions. In prior legal assignments he has served as Legal Advisor to the Directorate of Intelligence — the Directorate Operations' components responsible for the Americas, the Far East, and Western Europe — and as an Attorney in the Office of General Counsel’s Litigation and Operations & Foreign Law Divisions. In these legal assignments, he provided legal and policy advice over a broad range of foreign intelligence, operational, source protection, personnel and administrative, and other matters. In non-legal assignments he served as the CIA Director’s Senior Liaison to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as an intelligence analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence. He is a senior executive level member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and a recipient of the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal, the Directorate of Operations’ Clandestine Service Medal, 15 Exceptional Performance Awards, and two Meritorious Unit Citations. To many at the CIA, he is known simply as "Fred the Lawyer" — usually in a good way.


Fred holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University (BS in Political Science (Honors), 1983), the University of Chicago (AM in Public Policy (Honors), 1984), Georgetown University (JD in Law, 1989), and the National War College (MS in National Security Strategy (with Distinction), 2008), and diplomas from the Naval War College (1996) and the Joint Forces Staff College (2004).


Fred is also a retired reserve Commander in Naval Intelligence with 21 years of service. His major assignments included duty as a credentialed Agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) — before the television show — and various positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency.


Fred is also an adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon University’s Washington Semester Program, where he teaches an undergraduate course, “Implementing Policy:  From Good Idea to Reality."


Fred is married and lives in Arlington, Virginia.