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First Name: William

Last Name: Studeman

Birthplace: Brownsville, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Oliver

Date of Birth: 16 January 1940

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1962-1995
William Oliver Studeman

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


William Oliver Studeman
Admiral, U.S. Navy

William Oliver Studeman was born on 16 January 1940.

Studeman is a retired Admiral of the U.S. Navy and former Deputy Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, with two extended periods as Acting Director of Central Intelligence.

He was the Director of Naval Intelligence from September 1985 - July 1988. From July of 1988 to April of 1992 he served as Director of the National Security Agency.

On 9 April 1992 he was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and appointed as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. From January 21, 1993 to February 5, 1993 and again from January 11, 1995 to May 9, 1995, he served as acting Director of Central Intelligence.

Admiral Studeman retired from the Navy in 1995 after almost 35 years of service.


● University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, B.A., 1962;
● George Washington University, M.I.A., 1973;
● Naval War College, 1973;
● National War College, 1981

Medals and Awards

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with 2 Gold Stars Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal

He also received service medals from the Governments of France, Brazil, and South Korea.


In 2007 Studeman was awarded the William Oliver Baker Award by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

In Retirement

Admiral Studeman retired in 2005 from Northrop Grumman Corporation as Vice President & Deputy General Manager of Mission Systems. He served in this position for approximately 9 years.

Admiral Studeman has served on corporate boards, and government, university and corporate advisory boards. He was recently a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission on WMD, and is currently serving on National Advisory Board on Bio-Security and the Public Interest Declassification Board. He is also a member of the Defense Science Board as well as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Advisory Board, Defense Intelligence Agency Joint Military Intelligence College, National Reconnaissance Office, national labs and other advisory boards. He is Chairman of the Board of the Naval Intelligence Foundations, and is a member of the Board of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. On 6 February 2004, Studeman was appointed to the Iraq Intelligence Commission, an independent panel tasked with investigating U.S. intelligence surrounding the U.S.' 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Honoree ID: 660   Created by: MHOH




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