Carrie Cordero

Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow


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Carrie Cordero is the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow and General Counsel at the Center for a New American Security. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, a CNN analyst, and a contributing editor of Lawfare. Her research and writing interests focus on intelligence community oversight, transparency, surveillance, cybersecurity and related national security law and policy issues.

Ms. Cordero spent the first part of her career in public service, including as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Senior Associate General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, during which time she handled critical counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations and appeared frequently before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. After leaving government service, Ms. Cordero was the Director of National Security Studies at Georgetown Law, and was in private practice, handling matters related to surveillance, law enforcement response, security and privacy. Ms. Cordero has testified on surveillance reform law and policy issues before the United States Congress. She was a member of Governor John Kasich’s national security advisory group during the 2016 election campaign season. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Washington College of Law, American University, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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