“I am honored to come home to the CIA to serve with Director Haspel on the leadership team. As a career officer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. I have tremendous respect for the men and women of the Agency, and I look forward to serving alongside them in pursuit of CIA’s vital mission.”
Vaughn Bishop — August 1 2018
“Vaughn is a superb choice. I cannot express how pleased I am that he has agreed to return to CIA. He will help empower every agency officer to advance CIA’s mission in concrete and measurable ways.”
Gina Haspel — CIA Director
August 1 2018 — U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed Vaughn F. Bishop — a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst — as the Agency’s new Deputy Director, the White House said on Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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Vaughn Bishop retired from the CIA in 2011 following a 30-year career. Bishop held several senior positions, including top intelligence analyst for Africa and vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
The Deputy Director post does not require Senate confirmation. The Agency will be led by a career officer from its clandestine service – Gina Haspel – and a career officer from its analytical branch.
Both Bishop (2007 – 2009) and Haspel (2009 – 2011) served as the CIA’s Station Chief in London. The CIA bio of Bishop does not acknowlege this position. Instead, they say that Bishop “oversaw a critical analytic partnership with a major foreign ally.” The NYT appears to agree with Intel Today, even if they do not name the country:
“In the 1990s, he led intelligence efforts during crises in Somalia and Rwanda. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he served in several overseas assignments, including chief of station of a key, unidentified U.S. ally. In that post, he focused on counterterrorism operations.”
On August 1 2018, the CIA posted the following short biography of its new Deputy Director.
Since first joining the CIA in 1981, Vaughn F. Bishop has inspired a generation of Agency officers while holding a number of expert-level analyst and senior management positions across a diverse range of regional and functional mission areas. During his 30-year career, he demonstrated exceptional analytic and operational tradecraft and integrity.
Mr. Bishop also had several opportunities to lead during crisis. In the early 1990s, he led the Somalia Task Force. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Bishop served as Chief of Station, managing a critical relationship with a key partner focused on counterterrorism operations. The Agency viewed Mr. Bishop during this period as a “tower of strength and stability.”
From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Bishop was the DCIA Representative to PACOM and he later led CIA’s analytic effort on Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Africa.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bishop oversaw a critical analytic partnership with a major foreign ally.
After returning from that post, Mr. Bishop was asked to serve as the National Intelligence Officer for Africa and ultimately rose to become the Vice-Chair of the National Intelligence Council in 2010.
After a distinguished career, Mr. Bishop retired from CIA in 2011 with a reputation for professionalism and an uncanny ability to inspire those around him. He returned to CIA for four years to serve as the CIA Ombudsman for Analytic Objectivity during the Agency’s modernization effort.
Mr. Bishop earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1968, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1970, and a Doctorate in Political Science and African Studies from Northwestern University in 1974.
Before joining CIA, he served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1974 to 1981. Mr. Bishop is an avid golfer. He is married and has two children.
Vaughn F. Bishop — CIA website
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