“If Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us anything in recent history, it is the unpredictability of war and that these things are easier to get into than to get out of.”
Former CIA Director Robert Gates
Robert Gates was nominated to become the Director of Central Intelligence (head of the CIA) in early 1987. He withdrew his name after it became clear the Senate would reject the nomination due to controversy about his role in the Iran-Contra affair. Gates was nominated again for the position by President George H. W. Bush on May 14, 1991. This time, he was confirmed by the Senate on November 5, and sworn in on November 6 1991.
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The Office of United States Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was the head of the American Central Intelligence Agency from January 1946 to April 21 2005, acting as the principal intelligence advisor to the President of the United States and the United States National Security Council, as well as the coordinator of intelligence activities among and between the various U.S. intelligence agencies (collectively known as the Intelligence Community from 1981 onwards).
The office was replaced on April 21 2005 by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as head of the Intelligence Community and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) as head of the CIA.
The list of DCI and D/CIA includes the following persons:
George H. W. Bush: January 30, 1976 – January 20, 1977
William J. Casey: January 28, 1981 – January 29, 1987
Robert M. Gates (Acting): December 18, 1986 – May 26, 1987 & November 6, 1991 – January 20, 1993
Porter Goss: September 24, 2004 – April 21, 2005 & April 21, 2005 – May 5, 2006
Michael Hayden May: 30, 2006 – February 12, 2009
Leon Panetta February: 13, 2009 – June 30, 2011
Michael Morell (Acting) : July 1, 2011 – September 6, 2011 & (Acting) November 9, 2012 – March 8, 2013
David Petraeus: September 6, 2011 – November 9, 2012
John Brennan: March 8, 2013 – January 20, 2017
Mike Pompeo: January 23, 2017 – April 26, 2018
Gina Haspel: May 21, 2018 – Present
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