Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller has named Paul Abbate the new leader of the Counterterrorism Division at the Washington Field Office.
Abbate began his career as a special agent in 1996 when he reported to the New York City Field Office and investigated various white-collar crimes and was a member of the SWAT team.
He later transferred to FBI Headquarters, where he served as supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit of the Counterterrorism Division and was responsible for providing program management for counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations for different regions worldwide.
Between February 2006 and December 2009, Abbate worked on the Newark Division Joint Terrorism Task Force as a supervisory special agent. In that role, Abbate was responsible for international terrorism matters in several New Jersey counties.
During his career with FBI, Abbate also served as FBI Deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, assistant section chief for International Terrorism Operations Section I, and assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism matters.
In 2010, Abbate received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work with International Terrorism Operations Section I.
Abbate is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and is a member of the Connecticut Bar.