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Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter on the national staff of The Washington Post, following tours as diplomatic correspondent, Jerusalem bureau chief, Pentagon correspondent and D.C. Superior Court reporter. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2002 and has been a jury-nominated finalist (for individual and team entries) three times. His work has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi) and American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Gellman graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and earned a masters degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He is author of Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power, a study of the post-World War II "containment" doctrine and its architect, George F. Kennan.

National Security (2005)

Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld's Domain: New Espionage Branch Delving Into CIA Territory

Some Question Background of Unit's Leader: Inexperienced Personnel Cited As a Risk to Espionage Work

The Bush Record on National Security (2004)

THE BUSH RECORD : War on Terrorism Afghanistan, Iraq: Two Wars Collide

THE BUSH RECORD : Nuclear Threats Unprecedented Peril Forces Tough Calls

Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction (2003)

Iraq's Arsenal Was Only on Paper: Since Gulf War, Nonconventional Weapons Never Got Past the Planning StageSearch in Iraq Fails to Find Nuclear Threat: No Evidence Uncovered Of Reconstituted Program

Iraq's Nuclear File: Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence

Covert Unit Hunted for Iraqi Arms: Amid Raids and Rescue, Task Force 20 Dailed to Pinpoint Weapons

Odyssey of Frustration: In Search for Weapons, Army Team Finds Vacuum Cleaners

U.S. Arms Teams To Leave Iraq: Task Force Unable to Find Any Weapons

Seven Nuclear Sites Looted: Iraqi Scientific Files, Some Containers Missing

Iraqi Nuclear Site is Found Looted: U.S. Team Unable to Determine Whether Deadly Materials Are Missing

Looting is Double Loss for U.S. Forces: Army Factory Served as Headquarters

U.S. Has Not Inspected Iraqi Nuclear Facility: Site That Contained Uranium Was Looted After War

Hunt for Iraqi Arms Erodes Assumptions

Analysis: Banned Iraqi Weapons Might Be Hard to Find - Suspicious Sites Provide No Proof Yet

Special Search Operations Yield No Banned Weapons

CIA Had Fix on Hussein

U.S. Reaps New Data On Weapons

The War with Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda Near Biological, Chemical Arms Production

From the Twin Towers on 9/11: 'I Saw Bodies Falling Out -- Oh, God, Jumping, Falling'

U.S. Was Foiled Multiple Times in Efforts To Capture Bin Laden or Have Him Killed: Suan's Offer to Arrest Militant Fell Through After Saudis Said No:

Clinton's War on Terror: The Covert Hunt for Bin Laden

Clinton's War on Terror: New Urgency, Uneven Results

Bush's First Eight Months: A Strategy's Cautious Evolution

Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret to Ensure Federal Survival

Fears Prompt U.S. to Beef Up Nuclear Terror Detection: Sensors Deployed Near D.C., Borders; Delta Force on Standby

U.S. Concludes Bin Laden Escaped at Tora Bora Fight: Failure to Send Troops in Pursuit Termed Major Error

Cyber Attacks by al Qaeda Feared

Government is Slow to Offer Safety Plans: Local, National Offices Have Yet to Disclose Advice People Could Use in a Terrorist Attack

4 Nations Thought To Possess Smallpox: Iraq, N. Korea Named, Two Officials Say

U.S. Suspects Al Qaeda Got Nerve Agent From Iraqis: Analysts: Chemical May Be VX, And Was Smuggled Via Turkey

In US, Terrorism's Peril Undiminished

US Decries Abuse But Defends Interrogations

Death Watch: The Global Response to AIDS in Africa (2000)

World Shunned Signs of the Coming Plague

An Unequal Calculus of Life and Death

A Turning Point That Left Millions Behind

The Life of Bill Bradley (1999)

Big Hopes for a Small-Town Boy

At Princeton, Impossible Demands

Bradley's Private Journey Comes Full Circle

A Religious Journey of Twists and Turns

Bradley Chose Reserves After Advice

Shell Games: The Hunt for Iraq's Forbidden Weapons (1998)

Foiled by Saddam's Concealment Strategy

Arms Inspectors Shake the Tree

US Spied on Iraq Via U.N.

Live Online on

Pentagon and "human intelligence"'s War on Terror

Bush's War on Terror - Before 9/11


Iraq and al Qaeda

Stories and Broadcasts Elsewhere

"How I Learn Secrets And Why I Publish Them"PBS Frontline: Cyberwar! (2003)

PBS Frontline: Iraq, The War Behind Closed Doors (2003)

NPR "Fresh Air" interview with Terry Gross (2002)

NPR "Morning Edition" on shadow government (2002)

MSNBC interview on dirty bombs (2002)

NPR Morning Edition on Cyber terror (2002)

American Journalism Review-Covering the first hours on 9/11 (2001)

PBS Frontline interview on Unscom, spying, and Iraq (1999)

Book: Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power (Praeger)

George F. Kennan was author of "containment," the dominant strategy of America's first 50 years as a superpower. Kennan played a central role in drafting the Marshall Plan and took on some of the most dangerous diplomatic assignments of the Cold War. Late in life he became a nuclear abolitionist and fierce critic of what he saw as Washington's global hubris. This book traces his intellectual journey.

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