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StartApril 21, 2005
Leader ofCIA
DeputyDeputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Leader of the CIABoss of the CIA/Deputy Director.

The Office of United States Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was the head of the American Central Intelligence Agency from 1946 to 2005, acting as the principal intelligence advisor to the President of the United States and the United States National Security Council, as well as the coordinator of intelligence activities among and between the various US intelligence agencies (collectively known as the United States Intelligence Community from 1981 onwards).

The DCI existed from January 1946 to 21 April 2005, and was replaced on that day by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as head of the Intelligence Community and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) as head of the CIA.[1]


Office Holders on Wikispooks

William Burns19 March 2021
Gina Haspel21 May 201820 January 2021
Mike Pompeo23 January 201726 April 2018
Meroë Park20 January 201723 January 2017Acting
John Brennan8 March 201320 January 2017
Michael Morell9 November 20128 March 2013Acting
David Petraeus6 September 20119 November 2012
Michael Morell1 July 20116 September 2011Acting
Leon Panetta13 February 200930 June 2011
Michael Hayden30 May 200612 February 2009
Porter Goss21 April 200526 May 2006Left in acrimonious circumstances, which Daniel Hopsicker connects with 'Cocaine One'.
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
Marshall Carter19631963Only emerged in 1990 that Marshall S. Carter had this job on 5th August.
John McCone196328 April 1965date uncertain
John McCone29 November 19611963date uncertain
Allen Dulles26 February 195329 November 1961
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

CIA/Deputy Director for Operations“Going back 50 years, the agency's practice was to publicly identify and praise most of Archibald's predecessors. Why? Paradoxically, it’s a job that requires a certain degree of public exposure. The spy chief's duties require him to visit regularly with the FBI, NSA and the dozen other branches of the U.S. intelligence community, to testify to congressional oversight committees and to meet with his foreign counterparts, either here or in some of the world’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Nearly two dozen of his predecessors have been known to the public. It’s too bad they’re going all black-cloak with Archibald, because after the bumpy tenures of the past few people in that job, the agency could benefit from letting people know that it has a "quiet professional" at the helm, as one former colleague put it, a figure of continuity at an agency that has changed CIA directors six times since 2003.”Jeff Stein
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