CIA Names First Woman to Lead Clandestine Operations

Comment by Jim Campbell

December 8th, 2018

I fail to see why the title of this article is noteworthy.

Women have long ago shattered the so-called glass ceiling in most every area the have wanted.

Be it as CEO’s in the private sector, medicine, the military, you name it women are excellent strategic thinkers, so those who don’t agree welcome to the 21st century.



O.K so now woman has qualified to become a Navy SEAL or Special operator in today’s military.

I suggest it won’t be long.

Few will make it but they deserve the opportunity to try.

After all haven’t they made great pilots and machine gunners from our helicopters?


Anyone want to get in her field of fire?


Elizabeth Kimber’s appointment comes as more women have filled senior leadership ranks across national-security agencies during the Trump administration. 

Elizabeth Kimber will assume control of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations, until recently a male-dominated bastion. Photo: Saul Loeb//Getty Images.

THE WALL STREET JOURNALWarren P. Strobel and Dustin VolzCIA Director Gina Haspel has chosen an agency veteran and close ally to be the first woman to run the part of the agency that recruits spies overseas, gathers intelligence and engages in covert actions authorized by the White House, an agency spokesman said Friday.Elizabeth Kimber will assume control of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations, until recently a male-dominated bastion also known as the clandestine service.The CIA’s other major branch is the Directorate of Analysis, which is responsible for analyzing classified and unclassified information from multiple sources, and preparing reports for the president and other top U.S. policy makers.“With nearly 34 years of experience and a proven ability to deliver with impact on CIA’s operational mission, Beth Kimber will be an exceptional leader of our Directorate of Operations,” Brittany Bramell, CIA’s director of public affairs, said.Little is known publicly about Ms. Kimber’s CIA career, most of which she spent in the operations branch and which included stints dealing with Russia and terrorism, a person familiar with the matter said. Her LinkedIn page, which describes her merely as a “senior executive” in the U.S. government, says she received a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in New York and speaks French.Daniel Hoffman, a former senior CIA officer who worked with Ms. Kimber, said “she has a very high intellect—not just when it comes to the operational trade craft on which our work is based, but also on understanding the world.”Mr. Hoffman, who served as a CIA station chief and whose overseas duty included considerable time in Russia, said he didn’t expect the operations branch to have difficulty accepting a female leader. “I think pretty much those days are gone,” he said.Please see the entire article below.


Ms. Kimber’s appointment comes as more women have filled senior leadership ranks across national-security agencies during the Trump administration.

In addition to Ms. Haspel, who is the first woman to head the CIA, Sue Gordon serves as the principal deputy director of National Intelligence and had been rumored to be in consideration for director of the CIA if Ms. Haspel’s nomination failed to earn Senate confirmation.

Tonya Ugoretz, a senior intelligence official, is expected to be named in the coming weeks as the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, according to people familiar with the matter.

Ms. Ugoretz had served as the director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, where she worked on issues including tracking Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. elections.

Her move to a senior leadership role follows the appointment this summer of Amy Hess as the FBI’s executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch. Ms. Hess, a career FBI employee, is the highest-ranking woman at the bureau and was tapped for her current role after several senior officials retired this summer.

Write to Warren P. Strobel at and Dustin Volz at


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