John C Gannon


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
General profile


John Gannon served as CIA’s Director of European Analysis (1992-1995), as Deputy Director for Intelligence (1995-1997), Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production (1998-2001), and as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2001). After his retirement from CIA in 2001, he served in the White House as the head of the intelligence team standing up the Department of Homeland Security (2002-2003) and later on the Hill as the staff director of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security (2003-2005).
Gannon retired from the UK-owned BAE Systems (2005-2012) as President of the $1.7-billion Intelligence and Security Sector, which successfully managed one of the industry’s largest FOCI programs supporting US intelligence, defense, and homeland-security missions. In February 2014, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Congressionally-directed 9/11 Review Commission of the FBI, which issued its report on-line in March of 2015. In 2016, he was appointed to the Technical Advisory Group of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2017, he joined the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on US strategies to combat the ideological component of terrorism chaired by Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean. Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor in the graduate Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.
Gannon has received multiple awards throughout his career, including the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal, Director’s Medal, and Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, as well as awards from the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the State Department. In 2004, President George W. Bush awarded him the National Security Medal, the nation’s highest intelligence award. He also has received distinguished alumnus awards from Washington University in Saint Louis and Holy Cross College.
Gannon is a member of the Board of Visitors of the National Intelligence University, of the Council on Foreign Relations, of the Board of Directors of Voices of September 11th (9/11 families). Since 2004, he has served on various committees of the National Academies of Science.
Gannon earned his BA in psychology at Holy Cross College, and his MA and PhD in history at Washington University in St. Louis. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Jamaica. He is a former Naval Officer (retired captain) and Viet Nam veteran. He was elected to the city council in Falls Church where he also served as Chairman of the Planning Commission.
(Current for 2017)


  • Ph.D. () Washington University, History