Great Seal of the United States National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Fourth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Biography of Richard J. Kerr

Richard J. Kerr is an international consultant. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Kerr was the deputy director of Central Intelligence. As such, he had responsibilities in the Intelligence Community and assisted in the direction of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

From September 1991 to November 1991, he served as acting director of Central Intelligence.

From 1986 to 1989, he directed the CIA component that conducts political, military, economic, and social intelligence analysis and produced finished intelligence for U.S. policymakers. In 1986, he became deputy director for intelligence.

In July 1982, the director of Central Intelligence appointed Mr. Kerr associate director for intelligence.

From 1976 to 1982, Mr. Kerr was the director or deputy director of several analytic offices within the Directorate of Intelligence.

In 1976, he was named the deputy director of the office responsible for political analysis worldwide. He was also the director of the Office of East Asian Analysis and the director of the office responsible for producing the daily intelligence products, including briefing books for the president of the United States.

In Cuba during the 1962-1963 missile crisis, he analyzed information on Soviet forces and was the CIA representative to the commander-in-chief, U.S. Pacific Command. He also headed a task force planning for the use of new collection systems. Mr. Kerr also served as the deputy and chairman of the committee responsible for imagery requirements and exploitation and later as the executive officer for the Intelligence Community Staff.

In 1960, Mr. Kerr joined the CIA serving as an intelligence analyst primarily working on issues related to the Soviet Union.

He has received two National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals for work in the Intelligence Community and two Distinguished Intelligence Medals for work in the CIA. President Bush gave him the Citizen's Medal for his work during Desert Storm.

Mr. Kerr holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Oregon, where he also did graduate work.

Mr. Kerr joined MITRE's board of trustees in February 1994.

Current News

The Commission has released its final report. [more]

The Chair and Vice Chair have released a statement regarding the Commission's closing. [more]

The Commission closed August 21, 2004. [more]

Commission Members

Thomas H. Kean

Lee H. Hamilton
Vice Chair

Richard Ben-Veniste
Fred F. Fielding
Jamie S. Gorelick
Slade Gorton
Bob Kerrey
John F. Lehman
Timothy J. Roemer
James R. Thompson

Commission Staff

Philip D. Zelikow
Executive Director

Chris Kojm
Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Marcus
General Counsel