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John A Gordon

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Years of service  1968-2000
Name  John Gordon
Rank  General officer
Awards  Legion of Merit

John A. Gordon
Born  August 22, 1946 (age 69) Jefferson City, Missouri (1946-08-22)
Commands held  90th Strategic Missile Wing
Other work  Board of directors, EDO Corporation, National Nuclear Security Administration

Education  Naval Postgraduate School
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Allegiance  United States of America

John Alexander Gordon (born August 22, 1946) was Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as the President's Homeland Security advisor from 2003 to 2004.


Gordon entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1968. His early assignments were in research, development and acquisition where he was involved in improving the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and in developing and acquiring the Peacekeeper ICBM. He was a long-range planner at Strategic Air Command and served with the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs. Later, he commanded the 90th Strategic Missile Wing, the only Peacekeeper ICBM unit. He has served with the National Security Council in the areas of defense and arms control, including the oversight and completion of the START II negotiations. He then became a senior member of the secretary of defense's staff and later, the director of operations, Air Force Space Command, responsible for overseeing and developing policy and guidance for the command's operational missions. He also has served as special assistant to the Air Force chief of staff for long-range planning, where he was responsible for restarting and integrating a long-range planning process into the Air Force. Prior to assuming the deputy director position, he was associate director of central intelligence for military support, Central Intelligence Agency. He retired from the Air Force on August 1, 2000.

Post military career

Following his Air Force retirement, Gordon was chosen as the first administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and also Under Secretary of Energy, responsible for the U.S. nuclear weapons program, a position he filled from June 2000 to June 2002. He next served as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism, then assumed duties as Homeland Security Advisor from June 2003 to June 2004. On September 16, 2004, he was inducted into the Naval Postgraduate School Hall of Fame. In October, 2005 John A. Gordon, US Air Force, retired, former Homeland Security Advisor to the White House, and member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age was appointed to the VirtualAgility, Inc. Board of Advisors. Gordon joined the board of EDO Corporation in early 2007, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of Analytic Services, Inc.


  • 1968 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, with honors, University of Missouri
  • 1970 Master of Science degree in physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
  • 1972 Master of Arts degree in business administration, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas
  • 1975 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
  • 1978 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 1986 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Assignments

  • July 1968 - June 1970, graduate student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
  • June 1970 - June 1974, physicist, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • June 1974 - April 1976, research associate, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • April 1976 - February 1979, long-range planner, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
  • February 1979 - August 1980, staff officer, research and development, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1980 - May 1982, executive assistant to the undersecretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • May 1982 - January 1983, deputy director, Office of Policy Analysis, Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • January 1983 - July 1985, office director for strategic nuclear policy, and director for defense and arms control matters, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • July 1985 - July 1986, student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • July 1986 - June 1987, assistant deputy commander for maintenance, 44th Strategic Missile Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
  • June 1987 - May 1989, vice commander, then commander, 90th Strategic Missile Wing, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
  • May 1989 - January 1993, special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for defense policy and arms control, National Security Council, Washington, D.C.
  • January 1993 - June 1994, deputy undersecretary of defense and chief of staff for policy, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • June 1994 - September 1995, director of operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • September 1995 - September 1996, special assistant to the chief of staff for long-range planning, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • September 1996 - October 1997, associate director of central intelligence for military support, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • October 1997 - 2000, deputy director of central intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • Major awards and decorations

  •   Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  •   Defense Superior Service Medal
  •   Legion of Merit
  •   Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  •   Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  •   Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Effective dates of promotion

  • Second Lieutenant June 4, 1968
  • First Lieutenant December 4, 1969
  • Captain June 4, 1971
  • Major September 1, 1979
  • Lieutenant Colonel November 1, 1981
  • Colonel December 1, 1985
  • Brigadier General June 1, 1992
  • Major General May 25, 1995
  • Lieutenant General September 20, 1996
  • General October 31, 1997
  • References

    John A. Gordon Wikipedia

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