Stansfield Turner

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Stansfield Turner "is a native of Highland Park, Illinois. He completed two years at Amherst College before transferring to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. There, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree, played varsity football, and was the Commander of the Brigade of Midshipman. After graduation in 1946 (Class of ‘47) he served one year at sea before entering Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he earned a master's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.

"Following Oxford, he served at sea primarily in destroyers. In 1967 he commissioned the guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Horne and the next year operated with the Seventh Fleet off Vietnam. On shore, he served in the Navy's Office of Politico-Military Affairs, in Secretary of Defense McNamara's Office of Systems Analysis, and as Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Secretaries of the Navy Paul Ignatius and John Chafee...

"In February 1977 President Jimmy Carter nominated him to be Director of Central Intelligence. In this capacity, he headed both the Intelligence Community (composed of all of the foreign intelligence agencies of the United States) and the Central Intelligence Agency. He was responsible for developing new procedures for closer oversight of the Intelligence Community by the Congress and the White House; he led the Intelligence Community in adapting to a new era of real-time photographic satellites; and, he instituted major management reform at the CIA. On completion of these duties in January 1981, President Carter presented him the National Security Medal.

"In 1995 Admiral Turner was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship at the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo...

"In November 1998 he was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal for demonstrated commitment to peace, along with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Senator George Mitchell. In the same month the State of Illinois selected him as a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In March 2004 he was selected to receive the Lone Sailor Award from the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation...

"He is a member of the Board of Directors Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, the International Spy Museum, and GlobalSecure Holdings, Ltd.; the Board of Direction of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars; and. the Committee of Visitors for Goucher College." [1]

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  1. Stansfield Turner, University of Maryland, accessed March 10, 2008.
  2. People, Belfer Center, accessed November 18, 2008.