Kenneth Minihan

Kenneth Minihan
14th Director of the National Security Agency
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by John M. McConnell
Succeeded by Michael Hayden
12th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by James R. Clapper
Succeeded by Patrick M. Hughes
Personal details
Born (1943-12-31) December 31, 1943
Pampa, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Florida State University[1]
Profession Intelligence officer
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Vietnam Service Medal (5)
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1966–1999
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Kenneth A. Minihan (born December 31, 1943) is a former United States Air Force officer who served as the director of the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring on May 1, 1999.[2]


Minihan was born in Pampa, Texas. He entered the United States Air Force in 1966 as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Florida State University, where he was also a member of Phi Kappa Psi.[2][3] He served as senior intelligence officer for the Air Force and in other senior staff officer positions in the Pentagon; Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.; Electronic Security Command, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas; the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.; and the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.[2] He has commanded squadrons, groups and a major Air Command, both in the United States and overseas. He has been the assistant chief of staff, intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and most recently, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[2]

Personal life

After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Minihan served as the president of the Security Affairs Support Association from 1999 until 2002.[4] He currently serves as a Managing Director in the Paladin Capital Group.[5][6]



Major awards and decorations

Effective dates of Promotion


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Government offices
Preceded by
John M. McConnell
Director of the National Security Agency
Succeeded by
Michael V. Hayden
Preceded by
James R. Clapper
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Succeeded by
Patrick M. Hughes
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