Mr. Abbate began his FBI career as a special agent in March 1996 and was assigned to the New York City Field Office, where he worked in the Criminal Division and served as a member of the SWAT team.
In December 2003, Abbate transferred to the Counterterrorism Division as a supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit, overseeing FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel deployments in Iraq. In October 2005, Abbate deployed to Iraq, serving as senior FBI liaison officer to the U.S. Department of Defense and leading a group of FBI personnel conducting counterterrorism operations in theater.
From February 2006 to December 2009, Abbate served as a supervisory special agent within the Newark Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In February 2008, Abbate deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as FBI deputy on-scene commander, leading FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel in theater.
In December 2009, Abbate returned to the Counterterrorism Division as assistant section chief, providing national-level oversight and guidance of all United States-based international terrorism investigations. During this time, Abbate was a member of a team, which received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.
In July 2010, Abbate reported to the Los Angeles Field Office and served as assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism matters, overseeing the primary branch of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In August 2011, Abbate returned to the Counterterrorism Division, where he served as section chief, providing oversight of all FBI international terrorism investigations and counterterrorism operations external to the United States.
In October 2012, was appointed special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, Counterterrorism Division. During this time, Abbate also served as the FBI on-scene commander in Libya.
From October 2013 to September 2015, Abbate served as the special agent in charge of the FBI Detroit Division, covering the state of Michigan.
In September 2015, Abbate was appointed assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, where he currently serves.