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Bobby Inman
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, official CIA photo, 1983.JPEG
Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
In office
April 5, 1991 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by John Tower
Succeeded by William Crowe
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
In office
February 12, 1981 – June 10, 1982
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Frank Carlucci
Succeeded by John McMahon
Director of the National Security Agency
In office
July 1977 – February 12, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Deputy Benson Buffham
Robert Drake
Ann Caracristi
Preceded by Lew Allen
Succeeded by Lincoln Faurer
Personal details
Born (1931-04-04) April 4, 1931 (age 90)
Rhonesboro, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Texas, Austin (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1951–1982
Rank Admiral

Bobby Ray Inman (born April 4, 1931) is a retired United States admiral. He held many important positions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

He served as Director of Naval Intelligence from September 1974 to July 1976, then moved to the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served as Vice Director until 1977. He next became the Director of the National Security Agency. Inman held this post until 1981. His last major position was as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, a post he held from February 12, 1981 to June 10, 1982.

Inman was announced as President Bill Clinton's choice to replace Les Aspin as Secretary of Defense on December 16, 1993, receiving broad bipartisan support. He accepted the post at first, but withdrew his nomination during a press conference on January 18, 1994.

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