James L. Pavitt

At A Glance

  • Defense, Homeland Security, Financial Services
  • Risk Analysis, Global Strategy
  • Market Entry, Deal Sourcing

A Senior Advisor to The Scowcroft Group, James L. Pavitt draws on more than 30 years of experience in the Intelligence Community to provide strategic advice and risk assessments to clients in the financial services, defense, information technology, homeland security and counterterrorism fields, among others.

As the Deputy Director for Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), he managed more than one-third of the CIA’s globally deployed personnel and nearly half of the CIA’s multi-billion-dollar budget. His responsibilities involved unparalleled cooperation with leaders of the intelligence and security communities in capitals throughout the world. As head of America’s Clandestine Service, he led the CIA’s operational response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. As Chief of the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division, he managed and directed intelligence operations against sophisticated global weapons proliferation networks. Working closely with the Department of Energy and its National Laboratories, he worked to identify new technologies required to identify and halt the proliferation of these weapons. He spent many years abroad as a member of the Clandestine Service.

Mr. Pavitt served as Senior Intelligence Advisor to President George H.W. Bush as a member of the National Security Council team from 1990 to 1993. He has had extensive experience in assessing and representing critical national security issues at meetings with the President, Cabinet, Congress, U.S. policymakers, heads of foreign intelligence services and senior government officials around the globe. Early in his career, he served as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri and was a National Defense Education Act Fellow at Clark University. Mr. Pavitt is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.