Michael Sulick

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Michael Sulick
Michael J. Sulick, former Deputy Director, Clandestine Operations, CIA.jpg
Director of the National Clandestine Service
In office
January 29, 2007 – July 30, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Jose Rodriguez
Succeeded by John Bennett
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 69–70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University (BA, MA)
City University of New York (PhD)

Michael J. Sulick (born 1948) is an American intelligence officer who served as Director of the U.S. National Clandestine Service from 2007-2010.

Sulick, who grew up in the Bronx, studied Russian language and literature at Fordham University and later earned his Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He also served as a Marine during the Vietnam War.[1]

Sulick joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1980. He was stationed overseas throughout his career, in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, Poland, and Russia. Sulick served as Moscow Station chief from 1994 to 1996 and Chief of Central Eurasian Division from 1999 to 2002. Sulick served as the Associate Deputy Director of clandestine service for a short time in 2004 under Director Porter J. Goss. He parted ways with the CIA in November 2004 during a management change and leadership turmoil at the agency.

On September 14, 2007 Sulick rejoined the CIA to replace Jose Rodriguez as the head of the clandestine service. Sulick retired in July 2010.[2]


  1. ^ Mark Mazzetti (2007-09-15). "Ex-Official Returns to Key Post at the CIA,". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  2. ^ Finn, Peter (2010-07-22). "Retired CIA veteran will return to head clandestine service". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Jose Rodriguez
Director of the National Clandestine Service
Succeeded by
John Bennett