Leonard H. Perroots

Leonard Harry Perroots Sr.
Nickname(s) Lenny
Born (1933-04-24) April 24, 1933
Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1955-1989
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Awards many

Lt. Gen. Leonard Harry Perroots, Sr., USAF (born April 24, 1933) was Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from October 1985 to December 1988.[1][2] He retired January 1, 1989. In 1989 he was hired by Donald Mayes to become president of Vector Microwave Research Corporation, an enterprise performing tasks and dealings for the CIA and the U.S. military.[3] He is credited with helping to avert nuclear war during the Able Archer 83 war scare.[4]


  1. United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (1994). Oversight Hearings: Department of Defense, POW/MIA Family Issues, and Private Sector Issues : Hearings Before the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, December 1-4, 1992. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 9780160433931.
  2. "Biographies : LIEUTENANT GENERAL LEONARD H. PERROOTS". archive.is. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. Mintz, John (December 30, 1998). "U.S. Probes Company's Covert Operations". Washington Post. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  4. "The 1983 War Scare Declassified and For Real". National Security Archive. Retrieved 6 December 2015.

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