John E. McLaughlin is a Senior Fellow in the Merrill Center for Strategic
Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
of the Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. McLaughlin, a 1966 graduate of SAIS, most recently served as Acting
Director of Central Intelligence from July to September of 2004 and as the
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence since October 2000. Prior to that he
was the Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency,
Vice Chairman for Estimates and Acting Chairman of the National Intelligence
Earlier in his career with the CIA, which spanned three decades, Mr.
McLaughlin focused on European, Russian, and Eurasian Issues in the
Directorate of Intelligence. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he served as
Director of the Office of European Analysis during the period marked by the
fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and
the Soviet Union.
Then, four months after the break-up of the Soviet Union, he became Director
of the CIA office - Slavic and Eurasian Analysis - that was responsible for
CIA's analysis of the fifteen independent states that emerged from the USSR.
During this time, he frequently represented the Intelligence Community on
the US diplomatic missions that established initial relations with these
While Deputy Director for Intelligence from 1997 to 2000, 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.
In addition to earning his master's degree in international relations from
SAIS/Johns Hopkins, he received a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg
University and completed graduate work in comparative politics at the
University of Pennsylvania. He served as a US Army Officer in the 1960s,
completing a tour in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, where he was awarded the
Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Mr. McLaughlin is the recipient of many awards in the Intelligence
Community, including its highest commendation, the Distinguished
Intelligence Community Service Award. He is a member of the Council on
Foreign Relations, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings
Institution, and a national security advisor to the Cable News Network