Bobby Ray Inman

United States Navy admiral

Bobby Ray Inman (born April 4, 1931) is a retired United States admiral. He held many important positions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.[1]

Bobby Inman
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, official CIA photo, 1983.JPEG
Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
In office
April 5, 1991 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJohn Tower
Succeeded byWilliam Crowe
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
In office
February 12, 1981 – June 10, 1982
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byFrank Carlucci
Succeeded byJohn McMahon
Director of the National Security Agency
In office
July 1977 – February 12, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
DeputyBenson Buffham
Robert Drake
Ann Caracristi
Preceded byLew Allen
Succeeded byLincoln Faurer
Personal details
Born (1931-04-04) April 4, 1931 (age 90)
Rhonesboro, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Texas, Austin (BA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1951–1982

He served as Director of Naval Intelligence from September 1974 to July 1976, then moved to the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served as Vice Director until 1977. He next became the Director of the National Security Agency. Inman held this post until 1981. His last major position was as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, a post he held from February 12, 1981 to June 10, 1982.[2]

Inman was announced as President Bill Clinton's choice to replace Les Aspin as Secretary of Defense on December 16, 1993, receiving broad bipartisan support. He accepted the post at first, but withdrew his nomination during a press conference on January 18, 1994.[3]


  1. "WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT ADMIRAL BOBBY INMAN? He has never earned a nickel of profit. But savvy financiers, impressed by his ideas on restoring America's edge, are behind him in a bold new business venture. - November 10, 1986". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. "Bobby Ray Inman". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  3. Bobby Inman Withdrawal Press Conference

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