Nora Slatkin

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Nora Slatkin (born May 5, 1955)[1] was United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions) from 1993 to 1995 and Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1995 to 1998.


Nora Slatkin was educated at Lehigh University (B.A. in International Relations, 1977) and Georgetown University (M.S. in Foreign Policy, 1979).

In 1979, Slatkin joined the Congressional Budget Office as a Principal Defense Analyst. In 1986, she joined the professional staff of the United States House Committee on Armed Services.

President of the United States Bill Clinton nominated Slatkin as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions) in 1993 and Slatkin held this office from October 22, 1993 until May 16, 1995.

When John M. Deutch became Director of Central Intelligence in 1995, he asked Slatkin to join his senior staff as part of a major "management shakeup" at the Central Intelligence Agency.[2] Slatkin subsequently became the #3 person in the CIA, serving as Executive Director of the CIA from 1995 to 1997. According to The New York Times, Deutch "turned over the administration of the C.I.A." to Slatkin in this period.[3]

Slatkin's tenure at CIA was marked by controversy stemming primarily from her personal interactions with both senior intelligence executives and with rank and file employees. Additionally, both Slatkin and Deutch flagrantly disregarded security regulations by refusing to undergo the same periodic polygraph examinations required of all CIA employees. Slatkin and Deutch were noteworthy for refusing to display their CIA photo security badges while on the CIA compound in Langley Virginia. In one instance, Slatkin severely rebuked and dressed down a CIA Security Protection Officer (SPO) who asked her where her badge was, and who had politely reminded her that she was required to display it at all times while inside the compound.

Upon the appointment of Deputy Director George Tenet as CIA Director in 1997, Tenet insisted that Slatkin relinquish her position as EXDIR and she subsequently departed CIA. After her departure Slatkin was issued a formal reprimand from the Central Intelligence Agency for concealing her knowledge of egregious security violations of her former boss John Deutch after an investigation revealed that Deutch had improperly stored sensitive classified information on private home computers and on the same computers that contained downloaded pornographic material. In an unprecedented action, former Director Deutch's security clearances were revoked by George Tenet.

Upon leaving government service in 1997, Slatkin joined Citigroup. There, she has worked in the following areas: Business Process Improvement (1997–98); Corporate Services Director (1998–2000); Head of Government Relations (2000–2001); Chief Marketing Officer for Consumer Lending Group (September 2001 – January 2008); the Reengineering Group (January 2008–September 2009); and in Corporate Treasury (October 2009 to present).


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  2. ^ John Robinson, "Slatkin, Navy admiral, to follow Deutch to CIA," Defense Daily, May 8, 1995.
  3. ^ Elaine Siolino, "C.I.A. Chief Charts His Own Course", The New York Times, Sept. 29, 1996.
Government offices
Preceded by
Gerald A. Cann
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions)
October 22, 1993 – May 16, 1995
Succeeded by
John W. Douglass