John E. McLaughlin to Receive 32nd William Oliver Baker Award

James E. McLaughlin

John E. McLaughlin

Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) John E. McLaughlin has been selected to receive the 32nd William Oliver Baker Award, Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Chairwoman Letitia A. Long announced Feb. 10.

“John McLaughlin is the consummate public servant, a man of great conviction and humility who I am so pleased to see receive this recognition,” Long said. “John’s leadership, resolve and willingness to share his passion for the craft of intelligence have benefited countless professionals at CIA and across the Intelligence Community. He has had a profound and enduring impact on how our nation conducts intelligence, and I look forward to honoring him at the Baker Award Dinner in June.”

“John is a superb selection for the William Oliver Baker Award,” Director of National Intelligence and 2006 Baker Award recipient James Clapper said. “He is a legend within the CIA and the IC’s analytic community, and his professional accomplishments are only outdone by his service to the IC workforce, with initiatives like establishing a Senior Analytic Service – creating a career path for expert analysts – and founding the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, an institution that shapes the next generation of analysts. As a long-time professional colleague and friend, I am a huge admirer of John for his professional competence, broad-gauged intellect, and his impeccable integrity. Congratulations to John for receiving this honor.”

McLaughlin currently serves as the distinguished practitioner in residence in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his master of arts in international relations. He is chairman of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation, which raises funds for the educational and other support of children and families who lose a parent in CIA service. McLaughlin also serves on the board of trustees for Noblis Corporation.

The William Oliver Baker Award was established by INSA’s predecessor, the Security Affairs Support Association, to promote excellence in the intelligence and national security activities of the United States government and associated endeavors in the private sector. The Award annually recognizes individuals for exceptional achievements and sustained contributions or single achievements of extraordinary merit.

The INSA William Oliver Baker Award Dinner will be held on Friday, June 10, in Washington, D.C.

Last year’s award recipients were the Hon. Mike Rogers and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.


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