Burton L Gerber


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


Center for Security Studies (CSS)
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Mr. Gerber served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 39 years as a case officer and Chief of Station. He worked primarily in operations concerned with the former Soviet Union and the former Warsaw Pact countries. In three Communist countries he was the CIA’s Chief of Station. In Washington for eight years he directed the Agency’s operational programs in the Soviet Union and Europe.

After his retirement in 1995 Mr. Gerber has spoken and written on questions of espionage and ethics and the importance of espionage and intelligence in the war on terrorism. He has particularly focused on the need to respect civil liberties and human rights in fighting terrorism. Mr. Gerber has also spoken on business ethics and ethics in public service.

With Professor Jennifer Sims, formerly of Georgetown University, he is the co-editor of and contributor to Transforming U.S. Intelligence (2005) and Vaults, Mirrors, and Masks (2010), both published by Georgetown University Press.

Mr. Gerber is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He is a Knight of Malta.

Mr. Gerber has received CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal, Intelligence Commendation Medal and William J. Donovan Award. On three occasions he was designated a Meritorious Officer. Office of Strategic Services Society awarded Mr. Gerber the Hugh Montgomery award for espionage.

Mr. Gerber graduated with high honor from Michigan State University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. In 2006, he received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Gerber served in the United States Army.

With his late wife Rosalie, Mr. Gerber endowed scholarships at Michigan State University, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and Assumption College in Worcester, MA.