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Daniel N. Hoffman

Daniel N. Hoffman

Daniel N. Hoffman is a retired clandestine services officer and former chief of station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of government service included high-level overseas and domestic positions at the CIA. He has been a Fox News contributor since May 2018. He can be reached at

Columns by Daniel N. Hoffman

Inside Vladimir Putin Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Despite his delusions, Putin is no Peter the Great

For those who ever had the pleasure of serving in Moscow's "belly of the beast," there must have been little surprise when KGB officer Vladimir Putin emerged from the ash heap of the Soviet Evil Empire as President of Russia in 2000. Published July 14, 2022

Illustration on Jack Barsky aka Albrecht Dittrich by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Jack Barsky and the Fourth of July

"Jack Barsky" is not his real name. The real Jack Barsky died when he was ten years old. Jack Barsky was a cover legend, which the KGB created to send East German national Albrecht Dittrich to the United States in the late 1970's as a deep undercover spy. Published June 30, 2022

Dad's wisdom on Father's Day illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Wisdom from a dad on Father’s Day

Each and every Father's Day, especially since I became the father of two boys of my own, a flood of childhood memories of my late father rushes over me. Published June 16, 2022

Illustration on the Taliban threat by Linas Garsys/The Washington times

Taliban-ruled Kabul, once again, a threat U.S. dare not ignore

While the world's attention has been justifiably focused on Russia's barbaric invasion of Ukraine, one big challenge for U.S. intelligence agencies is to not lose sight of the other wickedly complex threats all across the globe. Published May 5, 2022

President Joe Biden leaves after getting ice cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

One year in, is America safe under Biden?

It's time to take stock just over one year into the Biden administration of how well U.S. foreign policy is dealing with the array of wickedly complex threats to our national security. Published January 27, 2022

China's Hypersonic Military Challenge Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Meeting China’s hypersonic challenge

Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has declared his country will have the world's strongest military by mid-century. Published January 13, 2022