John M. Deutch is Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution; Director, Cheniere Energy, Citigroup, and Raytheon; Trustee, Center for American Progress, Resources for the Future, Urban Institute (life), and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His research background is in physical chemistry
In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed him Director of Central Intelligence , with cabinet rank. However, Deutch was initially reluctant to accept the appointment. As head of the CIA, Deutch continued the policy of his predecessor R. James Woolsey to declassify records pertaining to U.S. covert action during the Cold War. He put restraints on what he considered to be politically incorrect agent recruitment and sought to encourage more diversity at the Agency in order to include more women and minorities in its ranks.
Soon after Deutch's departure from the CIA in 1996 it was revealed that classified information were being kept on several of Deutch's laptop computers designated as unclassified. In January of 1997, the CIA began a formal security investigation of the matter. Senior management at CIA declined to fully pursue the security breach. Over two years after his departure, the matter was referred to the Department of Justice, where Attorney General Janet Reno declined prosecution. She did, however, recommend an investigation to determine whether Deutch should retain his security clearance. President Clinton pardoned Deutch on his last day in office.
Prior to his CIA appointment, he had been Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (1994-1995); Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Technology, U.S. Department of Defense (1993-1994)
He holds a Ph.D and B.S., Physical Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A., History and Economics, Amherst College
- "CIA's Historical Review Program", National Archives (NARA) electronic collections
- "PC and the CIA", jewishworldreview.com, Mar. 2, 2005
- Central Intelligence Agency Inspector General Report of Investigation Improper Handling of Classified Information By John M. Deutch, Feb. 18, 2000
- Ross, Sonya, "Clinton Pardons More Than 100", Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2001