CIA Official Named as Acting Director
Jun 2004, 17:38 UTC
CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin, who is expected to step in as acting director
in July when Director George Tenet leaves, has worked for the intelligence agency
for more than 30 years, specializing in Europe and the former Soviet Union.
He has been deputy director since his appointment by President Clinton in
2000. He will serve as acting director of the CIA until a permanent successor
to Mr. Tenet is found.
Previously, Mr. McLaughlin was deputy director for Intelligence, a post in
which he tracked political, economic and military events worldwide.
He also created several permanent programs within the agency, including the
first comprehensive training institute for new CIA employees.
Before joining the CIA in 1972, Mr. McLaughlin was in the U.S. Army for three
years. His military experience includes a one-year tour in Southeast Asia in
He holds an advanced degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International
Studies in Washington, D.C., and did additional graduate work in comparative
politics at the University of Pennsylvania.
E. McLaughlin - Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
John E. McLaughlin was sworn in as Deputy Director of Central
Intelligence on 19 October 2000.
Previously he served as Deputy Director for Intelligence,
Vice Chairman for Estimates and as Acting Chairman of the National
Mr. McLaughlin came to the CIA in 1972, and worked in the
early part of his career on various European, Russian, and
Eurasian issues in the Directorate of Intelligence. In 1984-85,
he served a rotational tour at State Department in the Bureau
of European and Canadian Affairs, where he was responsible
for following European relations with the Middle East, Central
America, and Africa. In September 1985, he became the Deputy
Director of the Office of European Analysis, and in April 1989,
Mr. McLaughlin was appointed the Director of European Analysis.
Three months after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Mr. McLaughlin
was appointed the Director of Slavic and Eurasian Analysis.
He held this position until mid-1995, concentrating on political,
economic, and military issues in Russia and the 14 other new
states that emerged from the USSR. During this period, he represented
the Intelligence Community on numerous diplomatic delegations
visiting Russia and the other newly-independent states.
During his tenure as Deputy Director for Intelligence from
July 1997 to July 2000, Mr. McLaughlin was responsible for
the analysis of political, economic, and military events worldwide.
During this period, he created the Senior Analytic Service,
a CIA career track that enables analysts to rise to very senior
rank without branching out into management. He also founded
The Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, an institution
dedicated to teaching the history, mission, and essential skills
of the analytic profession to new CIA employees.
Mr. McLaughlin received his BA from Wittenberg University
in 1964 and his MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International
Studies in 1966, with a specialty in European Affairs. During
this period, he spent a year on Capitol Hill as a Staff Assistant
to Senator Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania.
Mr. McLaughlin spent one year of his Master's program studying
at the SAIS Center in Bologna, Italy, and did additional graduate
work in comparative politics at the University of Pennsylvania
From 1966 to 1969, Mr. McLaughlin served in the US Army,
Infantry Officer Candidate School. He served a tour in South
East Asia from
1968 to 1969.
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