Jeff Stein

SpyTalk Columnist

JEFF STEIN, for seven years National Security Editor and SpyTalk columnist at Congressional Quarterly, is an investigative reporter of long standing in Washington, specializing in U.S. intelligence, defense and foreign policy issues. An Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, Stein has authored three highly regarded books and has been a frequent contributor to periodicals ranging from Esquire,Vanity Fair, GQ and Playboy to The New Republic, The Nation and the Christian Science Monitor. Today, he still writes occasional Op-ed pieces and book reviews for The New York Times and Washington Post. He also appears frequently on television and radio (CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the BBC and NPR) as an analyst on national security issues. In the 1980s, he was deputy foreign editor at UPI.

TIME called his 1992 book, A Murder in Wartime, "The best military morality tale since The Caine Mutiny ... an exhaustively researched and heavily documented history of the Green Beret murder case." In 2000 Gen. William E. Odom, a former chief of the National Security Agency, writing in The Washington Post, called Saddam's Bombmaker (written with Khidhir Hamza), "Not only stranger but frequently bloodier than fiction. The book should attract a wide range of readers, from foreign policy and security specialists to bored airplane passengers looking for a thriller."

Stein came to Congressional Quarterly in 2002 to launch and edit CQ/Homeland Security, which in its first year was a finalist in the Online News Association prize for Best New Website with a circulation under 200,000.