Frederick P. Hitz

Distinguished Fellow, Center for National Security Law

Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law

Frederick P. Hitz is an Adjunct Professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also a Distinguished 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 held the Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Professorship of International Affairs. Since 1998, Professor Hitz has also been lecturing in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  From 1967-1998, Mr Hitz served extensively in the Central Intelligence Agency, in the CIA’s clandestine service, as Legislative Counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence, and as Deputy Director for Europe in the Directorate of Operations.  Mr. Hitz was appointed the first statutory Inspector General of CIA by President George H.W. Bush. He served in that capacity from 1990-1998 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 US Senate upon the fifth anniversary of his tenure as CIA Inspector General in 1995.  Among the many investigations he led at the CIA was the Aldrich Ames betrayal. 
He has written extensively about espionage and intelligence issues, including a book entitled The Great Game: the Myth and Reality of Espionage, published by Knopf in 2004. In 2008 a second book entitled Why Spy? Espionage in an Era of Uncertainty by Mr. Hitz was published by St. Martin’s Press.  Mr. Hitz is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University.

View Professor Hitz's presentation "A Short History of the Business of Intelligence" delivered at the Miller Center in October 2008 (video).