About The Speaker

John E. McLaughlin

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence – Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, John Hopkins University
. Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency







John E. McLaughlin is Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. There, he teaches a graduate level course on American Intelligence, continues his research on national security issues, and still appears before congressional committees, when requested. Throughout his esteemed career, Mr. McLaughlin’s advice is often sought on ways for improving intelligence collection and analysis regarding terrorist threats. 

Mr. McLaughlin currently serves on a number of boards and organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Advisory Group. In addition, Mr. McLaughlin currently serves as chairman of the National Security Advisory Group at the Noblis Corporation.

Mr. McLaughlin was Acting Director of Central Intelligence from July to September 2004; previously holding various, key positions at Central Intelligence Agency. Most notably, he served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 2000 to 2004. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, completed graduate work in comparative politics at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Master’s degree in international relations from SAIS/Johns Hopkins.

Mr. McLaughlin graduated from the US Army Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning and was recently inducted into the School’s Hall of Fame. After completing a US Army tour in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, he received the Distinguished Intelligence Community Service Award, the National Security Medal, and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2016, he received the William Oliver Baker Award from the Private Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). In 2015, he held the title of the Humanitas Visiting Professor for Intelligence at Oxford University.