For the past nine years, I have been privileged to be part of a
great American family the family of American Intelligence. I have
lived in the heart of the CIA family. In that long and eventful
time, we have shared moments of success and disappointment, of
happiness and sorrow.
Today, I share with you news that I gave the President last
evening. I have decided to step down as Director of Central
Intelligence, effective July 11th, the seventh anniversary of my
being sworn in as DCI.
I did not make this decision quickly or easily. But I know in my
heart that the time is right to move on to the next phase of our
In an organization as vital as this one there is never a good
time to leave. There will always be critical work to be done,
threats to be dealt with, and challenges that demand every ounce of
energy that a DCI can muster.
We have thrown our hearts into rebuilding our Intelligence
Community and I have been richly rewarded with the gratification of
working with the finest group of men and women our nation can
I want to say a word of special thanks to President Bush. On
entering office he immediately recognized the importance of
rebuilding our intelligence capabilities. He spends time with us
almost every day. He has shown great care for our officers. He is a
great champion for the men and women of US Intelligence and a
constant source of support . It has been an honor for me to serve as
his Director of Central Intelligence.
And I am especially proud of the leadership team that we have
assembled in the Intelligence Community and which will continue
fighting the good fight long after I have taken my leave.
I want to thank Mike Hayden, and Jim Clapper, Jake Jacoby, Pete
Teets, John Russack and Tom Fingar for their friendship and support.
As I look back on how the Intelligence Community has evolved over
the past decade, there is much to be proud of.
First as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, and then as
Director, I have had the chance to be part of a massive
transformation of our intelligence capabilities. That revolution may
not make headlines, but it will continue to benefit our country for
years to come.
American Intelligence has, after the drought of the post-Cold War
years, begun to receive the investments in people and dollars and
attention that we need to meet the security challenges of a new
century and a new world.
You, the men and women of American Intelligence, have put those
investments to powerful use. And I believe the American people will
continue to demand that this great community of patriots receive the
funding and support that you so richly deserve.
At CIA, we have made good progress in rebuilding the Clandestine
Service. We have expanded and empowered our corps of analysts. We
have restructured and streamlined our support operations. We have
developed and acquired the technologies on which intelligence and
espionage depend. With new schools and training facilities, we have
sharpened instruction for each of our core professions. We are
recruiting the finest men and women in our history in record
These initiatives and I can talk of only a few complement those
of other intelligence agencies, and our enduring efforts to build
what we call ourselves, what I believe us to be: a true community,
working more closely than ever with our partners in the military and
in law enforcement, and overseas.
We have done these things together not out of some bureaucratic
imperative, but to be better at our mission of protecting American
families and the freedoms that make America worth protecting.
For many years now, we have been at war with a deadly threat to
the United States and its values: the threat of terrorism. Like
other wars, it has been a struggle of battles won and, tragically,
battles lost. You have acted with focus and courage through it all,
before and after 9/11. …