CIA Deputy Director — A Short Biography of Vaughn Bishop [UPDATE : Statement by CIA Director William J. Burns on the Passing of Vaughn Bishop]

“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

Deputy Director Vaughn Bishop’s swearing-in, with his wife, and Judge Dabney Friedrich of the US District Court for DC

August 28, 2018 — On August 1 2018, President Trump announced his intent to appoint Vaughn F. Bishop to serve as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (March 29 2023) — For Immediate Release:  March 27, 2023 — Statement by CIA Director William J. Burns on the Passing of Vaughn Bishop

CIA mourns the passing of former Deputy Director Vaughn Bishop.  Vaughn personified what it means to be a CIA officer during his long and storied career.  He cared deeply about the CIA and even more so about the women and men who serve in it.  He inspired countless officers and was known for his always approachable demeanor, good humor, and willingness to listen to and learn from others – from the most junior officer to the most senior.  Our Agency and our country have lost a true patriot.  He will be deeply missed and always remembered.


“This place is a very hard place for people to leave. The opportunity to return is both humbling and exciting. CIA has no equal and I’m looking forward to the chance to come back, reconnect, and give back to the organization.”

“Working a crisis has a tremendous power to focus you on the needs of the customer or the people that you serve. It gives you very good insight into the people charged with making policy and decisions and the stresses they face. Crises also teach you the importance of being proactive, not reactive. The worst time to start planning for a crisis is the day after the crisis starts.”

Vaughn Bishop (August 2018)

Both Bishop (2007 – 2009) and Haspel (2009 – 2011) served as the CIA’s Station Chief in London. The CIA bio of Bishop does not acknowledge 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.”

It is unclear why the CIA — and the MSM — are unwilling to acknowledge that both Haspel and Bishop have been chief of the CIA station in London in the years following 9/11. Perhaps, the complicity of the UK in the CIA torture programme is an issue too hot to handle?

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“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.”

CIA Director Gina Haspel

A Short Biography of Vaughn Bishop

Born in Indiana to parents who had grown up on farms in the rural Midwest, Bishop attended Northwestern University where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science and a PhD in political science and African studies, doing his dissertation field research in Kano, Nigeria. He was looking forward to spending his life in academia, and as such, he began his teaching career at Emory University in Atlanta.

1968 — Mr. Bishop earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University

1970 — Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University

1974 — Doctorate in Political Science and African Studies from Northwestern University

From 1974 to 1981 — Before joining CIA, he served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia

1981 — Bishop begins his 30+ year career at the Agency

Early 1990s — Bishop led the Somalia Task Force

From 1996 to 1999 — he served as Chief of Station, managing a critical relationship with a key partner focused on counter-terrorism operations.

From 1999 to 2001 — Bishop then went on to serve as the DCIA Representative to PACOM.

From 2006 to 2009 — Bishop oversaw a critical analytic partnership with a major foreign ally.

From 2009 to 2010 — Bishop led CIA’s analytic efforts on Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Africa.

2010 —  After returning from that post, 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.

2011 — Bishop retires from the CIA

From 2015 to 2018 — Bishop returned for four years to serve as the CIA Ombudsman for Analytic Objectivity during the Agency’s modernization effort.

August 2018 — Bishop becomes CIA Deputy Director


Meet Our New Deputy Director — CIA Website (August 22 2018)


CIA Deputy Director — A Short Biography of Vaughn Bishop [UPDATE : Statement by CIA Director William J. Burns on the Passing of Vaughn Bishop]

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