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Biography, contd.

Fulfilling a long term dream to become a lawyer, Anne graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006 and served as a law clerk in Fairfax Country Circuit Court before practicing family law.

Anne's interest in international security matters derived from growing up as the daughter of a U.S. Naval Officer and graduating from Admiral Forest Sherman High School in Naples, Italy.

  • She recounts her childhood as a military dependent in Bittersweet Remembrance: A US Navy Dad in Hippocampus Magazine in 2013.


Before joining the CIA, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and was an HEW Public Service Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University where she received a Master in Law and Diplomacy.


  • She received the CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.


Anne lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband Jay K. Gruner, a retired CIA operations officer and their two golden retrievers.

  • Their debut novel, CIA Non Grata, on which they collaborated, is forthcoming.

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Archives: Back to the Future with


An excerpt from War on the Rocks, August 2014


by Anne Campbell Gruner

At a summit meeting in Washington, DC on December 8, 1987, General Secretary Gorbachev and President Reagan signed the historic Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that eliminated an entire class of missiles. A key sticking point in the negotiations had been the U.S. demand that Russia eliminate not only all of its SS-20 Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBMs), wherever located, but also all of its Short-Range INF systems (SRINF) with a range of 500 kilometers (300 miles) or more. The Soviets resisted this demand until April 14, 1987, when Gorbachev told U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz that he agreed to the “global double zero level” on INF and SRINF.

Back to the Future, contd.

For years the INF Treaty stood as one of the major accomplishments of arms control and modern international security. 


Now, as an outside observer, it seems that the INF regime is crumbling. Indeed, the treaty is back in the news in an unpleasant way. The U.S. Department of State has released its annual unclassified Compliance Report and it states that “the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty.” Apparently the issue has been festering for a year now without a satisfactory resolution. However, according to the New York Times, U.S. officials have told our allies that the violation involved the flight testing of a “new ground-launched cruise missile” that had not yet been deployed.

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