J.D., Harvard Law School, 1964
A.B., Princeton University, 1961
Frederick P. Hitz is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Center for National Security Law and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. From 1998-2006, he was a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and from 1999-2000 he held the Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Professorship of International Affairs.
Since 1998, Hitz has lectured in the Department of Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. From 1967-98, Hitz served extensively in the Central Intelligence Agency, including in the clandestine service, as legislative counsel to the director of central intelligence and as deputy director for Europe in the Directorate of Operations. Hitz was appointed the first statutory inspector general of the CIA by President George H.W. Bush. He served in that capacity from 1990-98, when he retired. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal by the director of central intelligence in 1998 and received a Resolution of Commendation from the U.S. Senate upon the fifth anniversary of his tenure as CIA inspector general in 1995. He led the Aldrich Ames investigation for the CIA, among many others.
He has written extensively about espionage and intelligence issues, including a book titled The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage, published by Knopf in 2004. In April 2008, St. Martin’s Press released Hitz’ second book, Why Spy? Espionage in an Era of Uncertainty. Hitz is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University.
- "After the Torture Report: What’s Next for the CIA?" (World Politics Review, 01/14/2015)
- "Torture Report Revives Rogue Image the CIA Has Sought to Erase" (Bloomberg, 12/11/2014)
- "Senate dispute with CIA over war on terror raises murky legal, policy issues" (The Patriot-News, 03/13/2014)
- "As Details Emerge on Petraeus Affair, Fallout May Echo Far Beyond Resignation" (PBS NewsHour, 11/12/2012)