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Vice Admiral William Francis Raborn, Jr. VADM William Francis Raborn, Jr. 7th Director of Central Intelligence In office April 28, 1965 – June 30, 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson Preceded by John A. McCone Succeeded by Richard Helms Personal details Born 1905 Bromlow, Texas Died 1990 (aged 84–85) Military service Allegiance United States of America Service/branch United States Navy Years of service 1928-1963 Rank Vice Admiral Commands USS Bairoko (CVE-115) USS Bennington (CVA-20) Battles/wars World War II Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star Vice Admiral William Francis Raborn, Jr., United States Navy (June 8, 1905 - March 6, 1990) was a United States Navy officer, the leader of the project to develop the Polaris missile system, and the 7th Director of Central Intelligence as well as the 5th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Born in Bromlow, Texas on June 8, 1905, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1928. During World War II he directed the Gunnery Training Section at the Bureau of Aeronautics. He also served in the Pacific on aircraft carriers: Raborn was the executive officer of the carrier USS Hancock when her deck was damaged by a kamikaze attack. He had the deck repaired in four hours, allowing the ship's aircraft (which had been airborne when the kamikaze struck) to land safely - for this Raborn was awarded the Silver Star.[1] He later commanded the carriers USS Bairoko and USS Bennington. Raborn was a rear admiral when he was appointed, on November 8, 1955, as Director of Special Projects at the Bureau of Weapons. His task was to develop a submarine-launched ballistic missile. He reported directly to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke and the Secretary of the Navy Charles Thomas. Raborn was told the new system had to achieve interim capability by early 1963 and full capability by early 1965. The USS George Washington, the first ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned December 30, 1959, fired its first test missile July 20, 1960, and departed on the Navy's first deterrent patrol on November 15, 1960. Raborn received the Distinguished Service Medal and was appointed Vice Admiral in 1960. The same year he was awarded the Collier Trophy for his work on Polaris.[2] Raborn had delivered Polaris three years ahead of schedule, due in part to his application of the PERT methodology. He became Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Development in 1962. Raborn retired from the Navy in 1965 and on April 28 of that year, despite his having no intelligence experience, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Raborn as the seventh Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). As DCI, one of his primary responsibilities was to direct the Central Intelligence Agency. Time magazine wrote that his organizational skills would be invaluable in a CIA that admitted it was in danger of being "drowned in data",[1] but his tenure was not successful: author David Barrett described Raborn as "incompetent at CIA, not understanding the agency or the intelligence business",[3] and even the CIA's own historians said "Raborn did not 'take' to the DCI job".[4] Raborn resigned on June 30, 1966, having served for only fourteen months as DCI; he was replaced by his deputy Richard Helms. Bill Raborn died on March 7, 1990 and is buried in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis Maryland. Raborn was also: Vice Admiral (United States Navy) Director, U.S. Navy Special Projects Office Deputy Chief of Naval Operations [1] References ^ a b "A PERT Man for the CIA", Time magazine, April 23, 1965 ^ Collier 1960-1969 Winners, National Aeronautic Association ^ The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story From Truman to Kennedy, David Barrett, University Press of Kansas, ISBN 0700614001 (quote sourced via "Generals Have Poor Records as CIA Bosses, but Hayden Looks Different", Jeff Stein, Congressional Quarterly, May 9, 2006) ^ "John McCone and William Raborn: New Kind of DCI", Directors of Central Intelligence as Leaders of the U.S. Intelligence Community, Douglas F. Garthoff, CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[2]". Government offices Preceded by John McCone Director of Central Intelligence April 28, 1965-June 30, 1966 Succeeded by Richard M. Helms v · d · eDirectors of Central Intelligence and Central Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Sidney Souers · Hoyt Vandenberg · Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter · W. Bedell Smith · Allen W. Dulles · John A. McCone · William Raborn · Richard Helms · James R. Schlesinger · William Colby · George H. W. Bush · Stansfield Turner · William J. Casey · William H. Webster · Robert Gates · R. James Woolsey, Jr. · John M. Deutch · George Tenet Central Intelligence Agency Porter J. Goss · Michael Hayden · Leon Panetta · David Petraeus (Designate) Persondata Name Raborn, William Alternative names Short description Date of birth June 8, 1905 Place of birth Bromlow, Texas Date of death March 6, 1990 Place of death