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M. E. "Spike" Bowman

Spike Bowman

Recently retired from the position as Deputy Director, National Counterintelligence Executive, Professor Bowman first achieved distinction while a Navy JAG officer. He was the first JAG officer assigned to the National Security Agency, where he served as military legal counsel to the Director. With the exception of the 1994 Aldrich Ames case, he played a key role in prosecuting every major espionage case in the past three decades, including those of Jerry Whitworth, John and Michael Walker, and Jonathan Pollard. He has also served as Head of the International Law Department at the Naval War College, and as Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy for Litigation. He has taught as well at George Washington Graduate School and lectures frequently at the George Mason Law School and at Duke Law School. After retiring from the Navy, he accepted a position in the Senior Executive Service at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Senior Counsel for National Security Law and then as Chief, Intelligence Issues Group, National Security Branch. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he oversaw the expansion of the FBI’s National Security Law Branch from seven lawyers to more than fifty.  Professor Bowman has for many years been a guest lecturer in the CNSL National Security Law Institute and contributed two key chapters to the Center's National Security Law casebook. Widely acclaimed as one of the nation's preeminent national security law practitioners, he has also served as Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. His responsibilities at the Center include research and writing projects and continuing to assist with the Institute and other programs. Publications list