Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

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Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency.svg
Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency
Vaughn Bishop official photo (cropped).jpg
Vaughn Bishop

since August 1, 2018
Central Intelligence Agency
Reports toDirector of the CIA
SeatGeorge Bush Center for Intelligence, Langley, Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument50 U.S.C. § 3037
PrecursorDeputy Director of Central Intelligence
Inaugural holderVADM Albert M. Calland, USN
FormationJuly 15, 2005
DeputyChief Operating Officer
SalaryExecutive Schedule, III[1]

The Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DD/CIA) is a statutory office (50 U.S.C. § 3037) and the second-highest official of the Central Intelligence Agency. The DD/CIA assists the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) and is authorized to exercise the powers of the D/CIA when the Director's position is vacant or in the Director's absence or disability.

Under current law, the Deputy Director is appointed by the President and is not required to be confirmed by the United States Senate. This position is currently held by Vaughn Bishop since August 1, 2018.[2]


The functions of this position were served by the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI) until that position was abolished under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The position of DD/CIA was created administratively by then-D/CIA Porter Goss and received statutory approval from the U.S. Congress in 2010.

The first DD/CIA was Kingman Douglass, appointed by the Director of Central Intelligence in 1946. In April 1953, Congress amended the National Security Act of 1947 to allow the President of the United States to appoint the DDCI (with U.S. Senate confirmation). The amendment stipulated that the Director and Deputy Director positions could not be simultaneously filled by military officers.

List of Deputy Directors of Central Intelligence (1946–2004)[edit]

Deputy Director Tenure President(s) served under
Position preceded the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Kingman Douglass March 2, 1946 – July 11, 1946 Harry S. Truman
Vacant July 11, 1946 – January 20, 1947
Edwin Kennedy Wright January 20, 1947 – March 9, 1949
Vacant March 10, 1949 – October 7, 1950
William Harding Jackson.jpg William Harding Jackson October 7, 1950 – August 3, 1951
Allen w dulles.jpg Allen Dulles August 23, 1951 – February 26, 1953 Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Charles p cabell.jpg Gen Charles P. Cabell, USAF April 23, 1953 – January 31, 1962 Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Marshall S. Carter.jpg LTG Marshall Carter, USA April 3, 1962 – April 28, 1965 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M Helms.jpg Richard Helms April 28, 1965 – June 30, 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson
VADM Rufus Lackland Taylor, USN October 13, 1966 – February 1, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
Robert E. Cushman.jpg Gen Robert E. Cushman Jr., USMC May 7, 1969 – December 31, 1971 Richard M. Nixon
Vernon A Walters 02.jpg GEN Vernon A. Walters, USA May 2, 1972 – July 2, 1976 Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
E. Henry Knoche July 7, 1976 – August 1, 1977 Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter
John Francis Blake August 1977 – February 1978 Jimmy Carter
Frank Carlucci official portrait.JPEG Frank Carlucci February 10, 1978 – February 5, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, official CIA photo, 1983.JPEG ADM Bobby Ray Inman, USN February 12, 1981 – June 10, 1982 Ronald Reagan
John N. McMahon June 10, 1982 – March 29, 1986
Robert Gates CIA photo.jpg Robert Gates April 18, 1986 – March 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Richard James Kerr March 20, 1989 – March 2, 1992 George H.W. Bush
Vice Admiral William Studeman (NSA), 1988.jpg ADM Bill Studeman, USN April 9, 1992 – July 3, 1995 George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George Tenet portrait headshot.jpg George Tenet July 3, 1995 – July 11, 1997 Bill Clinton
John A Gordon.jpg Gen John A. Gordon, USAF October 31, 1997 – June 29, 2000
John Edward McLaughlin speaking on May 28, 2004.jpg John E. McLaughlin October 19, 2000 – November 12, 2004 Bill Clinton
George W. Bush

Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2005–present)[edit]

Hereafter the "Deputy Director of Central Intelligence" position was replaced by Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.

Deputy Director of the CIA Tenure President(s) served under
Position succeeded the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Vacant November 12, 2004 – July 15, 2005 George W. Bush
Albert Calland, official Navy photo portrait.jpg VADM Albert Calland, USN July 15, 2005 – July 23, 2006
Kappes.jpeg Stephen Kappes July 24, 2006 – May 5, 2010 George W. Bush
Barack Obama
CIA Michael Morell.jpg Michael Morell May 7, 2010 – August 9, 2013 Barack Obama
Avril Haines.jpg Avril Haines August 9, 2013 – January 10, 2015
David Cohen official CIA portrait.jpg David S. Cohen February 9, 2015 – January 20, 2017
Gina Haspel official CIA portrait (cropped).jpg Gina Haspel February 2, 2017 – May 21, 2018 Donald Trump
Vacant May 21, 2018 – August 1, 2018
Vaughn Bishop official photo (cropped).jpg Vaughn Bishop August 1, 2018 – present

In popular culture[edit]

In the novel The Hunt for Red October, the character Vice Admiral James Greer is the fictional Deputy Director of the CIA.

In the animated sitcom American Dad!, the character Avery Bullock is the fictional Deputy Director of the CIA.


  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5314
  2. ^ "President Trump Announces Intent To Appoint Veteran Agency Officer Vaughn F. Bishop as CIA Deputy Director — Central Intelligence Agency". August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.