Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Gary Douglas Perdue special agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division. Mr. Perdue most recently served as chief of the Counterproliferation Center in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Perdue began his career with the FBI as a contract language specialist in 1985. He became a special agent in 1989 and reported to the Detroit Division. While there, he received several commendations for his various roles in significant counterterrorism and counter-narcotics investigations.
In 1996, Mr. Perdue was assigned to the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI Headquarters as a program manager and later as chief of the Radical Fundamentalists Unit. He led responses to the 1998 East Africa bombings, the 1999 Egypt Air investigation, as well as multiple domestic and international terrorism investigations.
Mr. Perdue was promoted to international terrorism program coordinator and squad supervisor of a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the Baltimore Division in 2001. He managed Baltimore’s response to the September 11, 2001 attacks and assisted in initiating Baltimore’s first JTTF and multi-agency fusion center. During this time, Mr. Perdue also served as the FBI’s on-scene commander at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In 2006, Mr. Perdue was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch in the Washington Field Office. In this role, he had executive management oversight of squads that focused on domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction investigations, Joint Terrorism Task Force operations, and extraterritorial investigations in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
In 2008, Mr. Perdue was promoted to chief of the Investigations and Operations Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and, in 2009, he became the chief to the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section.
In February 2012, Mr. Perdue was selected to be chief of the FBI’s Counterproliferation Center, which combines the resources of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Counterintelligence Division, and the Directorate of Intelligence to detect, deter, and defeat the threat posed by state-sponsored groups to obtain weapons of mass destruction and sensitive technologies.
Mr. Perdue received a degree in government and politics and economics in 1988 from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University’s National War College in 2008.