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Bobby Ray Inman

Former Director, National Security Agency, and Deputy Director, CIA
Thursday, March 1, 1984

Admiral Bobby R. Inman became the first president and chief executive officer of Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. (MCC) on Jan. 21, 1983. The corporation, located in Austin and financed by fourteen American companies, is a research and development venture created to help maintain U.S. technological preeminence and international competition in microelectronic and computers.

Adm. Inman was born April 4, 1931, at Rhonesboro, Texas. He received a bachelor of arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1950. Entering the Naval Reserve in 1951, he was commissioned an ensign the following year, with subsequent assignments in naval intelligence. he was fleet intelligence officer for the Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific from 1969 through 1971.

Graduating from the National War College in 1972, Adm. Inman served as executive assistant and senior aide to the vice chief of naval operations in 1972-73. He was assistant chief of staff for intelligence to the commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in 1973-74. After three years as director of naval intelligence, Adm. Inman was appointed vice director of plans, operations, and support of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he served until March 1981. Adm. Inman was then simultaneously assigned as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and promoted to the rank of admiral, the first naval intelligence specialist to attain the four-star rank. He retired July 1, 1982.

Adm. Inman is on the boards of directors of Dravo Corp., Science Applications Inc., Texas Eastern Co., Tracor Inc. and the Western union Corp. His volunteer work includes service as a director of the Arms Control Association, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the Rickover Foundation. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of War, Peace and Revolution at Stanford University and a member of the Defense Science Board.

—Adapted from the original event program distributed at Admiral Bobby R. Inman's LBJ Distinguished Lecture