Stephen R. Kappes

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Stephen R. Kappes is said to be the Bush administration's choice for the No. 2 spot at the Central Intelligence Agency, following the May 6, 2006, resignation by Porter J. Goss as director of the CIA and the selection by President George W. Bush of Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden as Goss's replacement. [1]

After serving 25 years at the CIA, Kappes resigned in November 2004 after Goss became Executive Director and amidst a controversial Agency shake up (see below).

Kappes joined the ArmorGroup, a private military corporation, in April 2005 and is currently Chief Operating Officer. [2]

CIA Resignation 2004

Kappes was CIA Deputy Director of Operations when he resigned from the agency November 12, 2004, after Patrick Murray — "a former Hill staffer" who was serving as then CIA director Porter J. Goss' chief of staff — "ordered him to fire his deputy, Michael Sulick," Tim Grieve wrote May 9, 2006, in the Salon "War Room". "As the Washington Post reported at the time," Grieve wrote, "Murray's order to Kappes came after Sulick had confronted Murray about a threat Murray had made to another agency official.

"The threat?," Grieve asked. "That the agency official would be held responsible if anything from the personnel file of the 'newly appointed executive director' made it into the media. And the 'newly appointed executive director'? He wasn't identified in the Post's account back in 2004, but we all know his name now": Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo, who resigned from the CIA May 8, 2006, "amid a corruption probe."

Kappes was succeeded as DDO by Robert Richer. [3]



Beginning in June 2002, Kappes served as Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, the clandestine arm of the CIA, and then succeeded James Pavitt as Deputy Director of Operations when Pavitt retired in June 2004. [4] [5]

Kappes "joined the CIA in 1981 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 to 1981. He has held a variety of operational and managerial assignments at Headquarters and overseas, including the Near East, South Asia, and Europe. Prior to being named ADDO, he served concurrently as Chief of the Counterintelligence Center and Associate Deputy Director for Operations for Counterintelligence. During his Agency career, Kappes has studied and speaks Farsi and Russian." [6]


According to his profile, Kappes joined the ArmorGroup in April 2005 "as Executive Vice President for Global Strategy based in Washington (DC). He established new service lines in new markets for ArmorGroup in the United States and overseas. Steve has significant international management experience having concluded a career of almost twenty five years with the Central Intelligence Agency and in his final position he was the Director of Operations. Steve was an officer in the United States Marine Corps before entering the CIA. He has served in Central Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe and Russia and has extensive experience in North Africa. Steve received his Bachelor of Science Degree in anatomy and chemistry from Ohio University and his Master of Science degree in Pathology from Ohio State University. In September 2005 Steve moved to London and in November 2005 was appointed Chief Operating officer."

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