Clapper, James Robert, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
90G-General Officer
Last AFSC Group
Special Reporting
Primary Unit
1989-1990, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Service Years
1963 - 1995
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant General

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Defense Intelligence Agency Missileman (Basic) Headquarters Air Force

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
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From AFHRA:
Lieutenant General James R. Clapper Jr. is [was]  director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C., and the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He is also the manager of the General Defense Intelligence Program. As director of DIA, General Clapper is responsible for a combat support agency composed of military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. As director of the GDIP, he manages selected intelligence resources for all services as part of the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

After a brief period of enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, General Clapper transferred to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He was commissioned in 1963 as a distinguished military graduate from the University of Maryland. He commanded a signals intelligence detachment in Thailand (where he flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47s), a signals intelligence wing at Fort George G. Meade, Md., and the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The general served as director of intelligence for three of the unified commands: U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Pacific Command and Strategic Air Command. Also, he served as senior intelligence officer for the Air Force.

EDUCATION
1963 Bachelor of science degree in political science, University of Maryland
1970 Master of science degree in political science, St. Mary's University, Texas
1973 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1975 Distinguished graduate, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1976 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1979 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1990 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Mass.
1990 Harvard Defense Policy Seminar, Harvard University, Mass.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1963 - March 1964, student, Signal Intelligence Officers Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
2. March 1964 - December 1965, analytic branch chief, Air Force Special Communications Center, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
3. December 1965 - December 1966, watch officer and air defense analyst, 2nd Air Division (later, 7th Air Force), Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam
4. December 1966 - June 1970, aide to the commander and command briefer, Air Force Security Service, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
5. June 1970 - June 1971, commander, Detachment 3, 6994th Security Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
6. June 1971 - August 1973, military assistant to the director, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
7. August 1973 - August 1974, aide to the commander and intelligence staff officer, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
8. August 1974 - September 1975, distinguished graduate, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
9. September 1975 - June 1976, chief, signal intelligence branch, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
10. June 1976 - August 1978, chief, signal intelligence branch, J-23, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
11. August 1978 - June 1979, student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
12. June 1979 - January 1980, Washington area representative for electronic security command, deputy commander, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
13. February 1980 - April 1981, commander, 6940th Electronic Security Wing, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
14. April 1981 - June 1984, director for intelligence plans and systems, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. June 1984 - May 1985, commander, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
16. June 1985 - June 1987, assistant chief of staff for intelligence, U.S. Forces Korea, and deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence, Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command
17. July 1987 - July 1989, director for intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
18. July 1989 - March 1990, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
19. April 1990 - November 1991, assistant chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. November 1991 - present, director, Defense Intelligence Agency and General Defense Intelligence Program, Washington, D.C.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Non-rated air crew, space operations, missile
Flight hours: 700
Aircraft flown: EC-47, EC-135

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
French Order of National Merit (Commander)
Republic of Korea Order of National Security of Merit, Chonsu Medal
National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 8, 1963
First Lieutenant Jan 8, 1965
Captain Mar 16, 1967
Major Nov 1, 1973
Lieutenant Colonel Apr 1, 1976
Colonel Feb 11, 1980
Brigadier General Oct 1, 1985
Major General Sep 1, 1988
Lieutenant General Nov 15, 1991

(Current as of November 1993)

   
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 Unit Assignments
Department of Defense (DOD)Air Force Security Service Command (USAFSS)2nd Air DivisionAir Force Security Service - Silent Warriors
6994th Security SquadronNational Security Agency (NSA)Air Command and Staff College (Student) Air Force Systems Command (AFSC)
Armed Forces Staff CollegeUnited States Pacific Command (USPACOM)Air War College (Student) National War College
6940th Electronic Security WingAir Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC)Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1959-1963, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1964-1964, Air Force Special Communications Center (AFSCC), Air Force Security Service Command (USAFSS)
  1965-1966, 2nd Air Division
  1966-1970, Air Force Security Service - Silent Warriors
  1970-1971, 6994th Security Squadron
  1971-1973, National Security Agency (NSA)
  1973-1973, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1973-1974, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC)
  1975-1975, Armed Forces Staff College
  1975-1976, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)
  1976-1976, Air War College (Student)
  1979-1979, National War College
  1980-1981, 6940th Electronic Security Wing
  1984-1985, Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC)
  1989-1990, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1995-1995 Operation Deliberate Force (Serbia)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maryland at College ParkSt. Mary's UniversityAir Command and Staff CollegeArmed Forces Staff College
Air UniversityNational War CollegeHarvard University
  1959-1963, University of Maryland at College Park
  1968-1970, St. Mary's University
  1972-1973, Air Command and Staff College
  1974-1975, Armed Forces Staff College
  1975-1976, Air University
  1978-1979, National War College
  1990-1990, Harvard University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EC-47 Electric Goose/Goon  EC-135  
  1970-1971, EC-47 Electric Goose/Goon
  2003-2003, EC-135
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