CNN has hired Jim Sciutto, the former ABC News foreign correspondent who has spent the last year and a half as chief of staff and senior adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Sciutto is CNN’s new Chief National Security Correspondent. Sciutto, who’d previously spent more than a dozen years at ABC News, will report and provide analysis on all aspects of U.S. national security including foreign policy, the military, terrorism, and the intelligence community. “Jim’s vast experience reporting firsthand from around the globe will provide viewers with rich perspective on important stories domestically and abroad,” CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist said today. From the announcement:

Sciutto was ABC News’ senior foreign correspondent, based in primarily in London and later, from Washington. In that role, he traveled to and reported from more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. His extensive reporting included dozens of assignments from inside Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. He is the author of a book based on his own experiences in the Middle East, “Against Us: The New Face of America’s Enemies in the Muslim World.”

Most recently, Sciutto served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke. Prior to ABC News, he served as the Hong Kong-based correspondent for Asia Business News. Sciutto began his career as the moderator and producer of a weekly public affairs talk show on PBS. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese history.