John Bass is a Director in Duff & Phelps' Disputes practice based in Washington, D.C. John has extensive experience in complex international investigations, dispute resolution, government relations, strategic communications and intercultural negotiations. John is an acknowledged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) thought leader on risk management, the human dimensions of cyber risk and insider threats.   

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, John was a CIA National Clandestine Service (NCS) operational executive with 27 years of experience in national security and international affairs in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has significant experience engaging with foreign partners, law enforcement, militaries and diplomats, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. military, that resulted in a broad international network of contacts and relationships. He forged strategies to advance U.S. security interests, often in challenging, dangerous and ambiguous environments. 

In his ultimate role with the CIA, John was the Agency’s Senior Representative to the FBI for Counterterrorism, charged with preventing another 9-11. He managed the evolving CIA-FBI relationship on counterterrorism, leveraging CIA global human, analytical and technical resources to enable the FBI to identify, disrupt and prosecute terrorism suspects within the U.S., and ensured that FBI domestic investigations fed CIA international investigative efforts to root out terrorist threats at their source.

Prior to that, as a CIA chief of base in an active war zone, John commanded a large CIA installation. He was responsible for assessing and managing risk across physical, political/reputational, human capital and cyber assets. He additionally served as Consul in São Paulo, Brazil for the U.S. Department of State.


Education & Certifications
  • MBA, Enterprise Risk Management, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Bradley University
  • Mercer Benefits Consulting Alumnus
  • Farsi – Fluent 
  • Turkish – Fluent
  • Italian – Fluent
  • Brazilian Portuguese – Fluent 
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