Jack G. Downing

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Jack G. Downing was Deputy Director for Operations (DDO) for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1997 until July, 1999.

Jack Downing graduated from Harvard University, majoring in Chinese language and history, as well as Asian studies. He served two combat tours in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining the CIA in 1967. Downing was appointed Station chief in both Moscow and Beijing, and as Chief of the Directorate of Operations East Asia Division. He retired in 1995, but left retirement two years later when he was asked by then-Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet to head the DO.


Government offices
Preceded by
David Cohen
CIA Deputy Director for Operations
1997 – July 1999
Succeeded by
James Pavitt