Director of Central Intelligence

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Employment.png Director of Central Intelligence  

StartJanuary 23, 1946
EndApril 21, 2005

From its inception on January 23, 1946 this job had twin responsibilities up until April 21, 2005. After that time, during the tenure of Porter Goss the duties were split into "Director of National Intelligence" (DNI) and the "Director of the Central Intelligence Agency" (D/CIA). The reasons for this split remains unclear.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Porter Goss24 September 200421 April 2005The last DCI. After this the job was split into "Director of National Intelligence" (DNI) and the "Director of the Central Intelligence Agency" (D/CIA).
John E. McLaughlin12 July 200424 September 2004Acting
George Tenet15 December 199611 July 2004The second-longest ever term as DCI, after Allen Dulles.
John Deutch10 May 199515 December 1996Reportedly "moved quickly to change things".
James Woolsey5 February 199310 January 1995
Robert Gates6 November 199120 January 1993
William Webster26 May 198731 August 1991
William Casey28 January 198129 January 1987Retired due to a brain tumor.
Stansfield Turner9 March 197720 January 1981
E. Henry Knoche20 January 19779 March 1977Acting
George H. W. Bush30 January 197620 January 1977Brought in as an outsider to reform the CIA, Bush’s real job - at which he was highly successful - was to staunch the flow of secrets out of it.
William Colby4 September 197330 January 1976The 10th DCI, who died in a suspicious boating accident. Appointed as "a professional who would not make waves."
Vernon A. Walters2 July 19734 September 1973Acting
James R. Schlesinger2 February 19732 July 1973
Richard Helms30 June 19662 February 1973Covered up a lot of the details of Project MKUltra by ordering extensive destruction of the CIA documents on the matter.
William Raborn28 April 196530 June 1966
John McCone196328 April 1965date uncertain
Marshall Carter19631963Only emerged in 1990. Marshall S. Carter had this job on 5th August.
John McCone29 November 19611963date uncertain
Allen Dulles26 February 195329 November 1961The longest ever term as DCI. Dulles was fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs and bore a grudge against him thereafter.
Walter Bedell Smith7 October 19509 February 1953
Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter1 May 19477 October 1950During his leadership, the CIA was empowered to undertake "propaganda; economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition, and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and refugee liberation groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world'. It had already exceeded this mandate.


Related Quotation

Mike Pompeo“I was a cadet, what's the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”Mike PompeoApril 2019

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