Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller recently named Gary Douglas Perdue as the new leader of FBI’s Pittsburgh Division.
Perdue began his career with the FBI in 1985 as a contract language specialist. A few years later, he became a special agent with the Detroit Division where he earned several accolades in relation to his counterterrorism and counter-narcotics investigations, FBI said.
In 1996, Perdue became a program manager and, later, chief of the Radical Fundamentalists Unit at the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI Headquarters. Five years later, he was promoted to international terrorism program coordinator and squad supervisor of a Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Baltimore Division where he oversaw Baltimore’s reactions to the September 11, 2001, attacks.
During his tenure at FBI, Perdue also served as assistant special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch in the Washington Field Office, chief of the Investigations and Operations Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and chief of the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section. Most recently, Perdue served as chief of the Counterproliferation Center in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters, where he oversaw efforts to target threats posed by state-sponsored groups to obtain weapons of mass destruction, FBI said.
Perdue earned a degree in government and politics and economics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University’s National War College.