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Veteran CIA Official Named as Acting Director
VOA News
03 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 1968.

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.

John E. McLaughlin - Deputy Director of Central Intelligence

Source: CIA

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 Intelligence Council.

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 in Philadelphia.

From 1966 to 1969, Mr. McLaughlin served in the US Army, graduating from the Infantry Officer Candidate School. He served a tour in South East Asia from 1968 to 1969.

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