Gary Ross is an Assistant Professor of Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV), educating students on persuasive communication principles and concepts to address the potential or active threat of disruptive or violent group behavior. His 25-year career in federal law enforcement has given him practical and unique insights, which he conveys through his collaborative teaching methods.
Over the course of his long and varied career, Ross conducted and supervised criminal, counterintelligence and counter-terrorism investigations and operations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). While at DHS, he also led vulnerability assessment and red team operations to identify threats to DHS research and development facilities, critical infrastructure, and national security programs.. He developed investigative policy in support of the establishment of an agency-wide Insider Threat Program in accordance with Executive Order 13587.During his tenure with ODNI, he provided oversight for the national unauthorized disclosure program and served as a subject matter expert for investigations within the intelligence community involving the disclosure of classified information.
Amond his assignments as a Special Agent with NCIS, he served as the senior agency representative to a Joint Task Force responsible for disrupting the illegal acquisition of military technology, managed counterespionage investigations, and directed the completion of overseas threat assessments in conjunction with foreign military, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.. Ross has completed overseas assignments throughout Southeast Asia, Japan and the Middle East, and is the recipient of the Department of Defense Team Award for National Security Investigations and the Director of Central Intelligence Team Award for Countering Foreign Denial and Deception.
Ross holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Michigan State University. He has completed advanced training at Carnegie Mellon University, American University, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
In 2011, the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research published Ross’ Who Watches the Watchmen? The Conflict Between National Security and Freedom of the Press. The book examines the historical tension between the U.S. government and its efforts to safeguard classified information, and the publication of this information by the U.S. media. Watchmen has been added to the syllabus for graduate courses at several universities, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Who Watches the Watchmen? The Conflict Between National Security and Freedom of the Press
In 2011, the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research published ‘Who Watches the Watchmen? The Conflict Between National Security and Freedom of the Press’. The book examines the historical tension between the media and U.S. government and considers a strategy to reduce the perceived harm from the unauthorized disclosures of classified information. Gary has lectured at several Intelligence Community agencies, universities, and private organizations; including the American Bar Association and Associated Press. ‘Watchmen’ has been added to the syllabus for graduate courses at several universities; including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.