John C. Inglis

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John C. Inglis
John Inglis official NSA portrait.jpg
Inglis in September 2006
17th Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byWilliam B. Black Jr.
Succeeded byRichard Ledgett
Personal details
Born (1954-10-29) 29 October 1954 (age 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
EducationUnited States Air Force Academy
George Washington University
Johns Hopkins University
Columbia University
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Air Force
US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg U.S. Air National Guard
Years of service1976-2006
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit National Security Agency
Commands Maryland ANG, Chief of Staff

John Chris Inglis, also known as Chris Inglis,[1] is a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency.[2] He retired as Deputy Director on January 10, 2014.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Inglis was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 29 October 1954. He graduated from Andover High School, Linthicum in 1972. Inglis is a Distinguished Eagle Scout.[4]

After high school, Inglis attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1976 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Mechanics.

Inglis' training includes undergraduate and Instructor Pilot Training, and he also attended the Air War College where he was designated Outstanding Graduate.



  • 2015– – Robert and Mary M. Looker Professor in Cyber Security Studies, United States Naval Academy[5]
  • 2006–2014 – Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
  • 2003–2006 – Special United States Liaison Officer – London
  • 2001–2003 – Signals Intelligence Deputy Director for Analysis and Production
  • 1999–2001 – Chief, Office of China and Korea, Operations Directorate
  • 1998–1999 – Deputy Chief, Office of China and Korea, Operations Directorate
  • 1997 – Promoted to the Senior Executive Service
  • 1996–1997 – Senior Operations Officer, National Security Operations Center
  • 1995–1996 – Deputy Chief, NSA Office of Encryption Policy
  • 1992–1995 – Participant in Senior Cryptologic Executive Development Program Management and staff tours in the Directorates of Operations, Information Systems Security and Plans and Programs.
  • 1991–1992 – Visiting Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • 1986–1991 – Information Security Analyst and Manager up through division level within NSA's Information Systems Security Directorate.
  • 1983–1986 – Mechanical Engineering professor at US Naval Academy

Significant awards[edit]

  • 2014 – President's National Security Medal
  • 2014 – Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
  • 2009 – Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service
  • 2006 – U.S. Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
  • 2004 – Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service
  • 2002 – Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • 2001 – Deputy Director of Operations Special Recognition Award
  • 2000 – Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service
  • 1996 – Deputy Director of Operations Special Recognition Award
  • 1992 – Department of the Army – Outstanding Civilian Service Award
  • 1984 – Clement's Award as the U.S. Naval Academy's Outstanding Military Faculty Member

External assignments[edit]

  • 1985–2006 – Brigadier General in the Air National Guard and qualified as a command pilot. Has commanded at Flight, Squadron, Group and Joint Force Headquarters.
  • 1976–1985 – U.S. Air Force officer and pilot. Inglis served as a Brigadier General in the Air National Guard and was qualified as a command pilot in the C-130J and served as the commander 135th Airlift Group – the first USAF unit equipped with the C-130J.


  1. ^ Harding, Luke (2014). The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man. New York: Vintage Books. p. 128. ISBN 9780804173520. OCLC 870337274. Also patched in was Chris Inglis, the NSA's deputy director.
  2. ^ Gorman, Siobhan (2006-05-31). "Second-ranking NSA official forced out of job by director". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  3. ^ "NSA Says It Would Welcome Public Advocate At FISA Court".
  4. ^ "2009 Gathering of Eagles Event Recap". 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  5. ^ "People".

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Government offices
Preceded by
William B. Black Jr.
Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
August 2006 – January 2014
Succeeded by
Richard Ledgett