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Jose Rodriguez


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Jose A. Rodriguez Jr (born 1948) is a former director of the National Clandestine Service (D/NCS) of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was the last CIA deputy director for operations (DDO) before that position was expanded to D/NCS in December 2004.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1948, Rodriguez attended the University of Florida, earning both a bachelor's degree and a law degree. He joined the CIA in 1976 and served for 31 years. According to Gen. (ret.) Michael Hayden, "Jose built a reputation for leadership in the field and here at headquarters, and he guided some of the agency's greatest counterterror victories. He has done much to protect our country by strengthening its Clandestine Service." Other colleagues cite him as "one of the best" field operatives in his time at the CIA.

Much of his career was as an officer under the Directorate of Operations in the Latin America division, assigned to work in countries ranging from Peru to Belize. Over time he was promoted to chief of station in Panama, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic and ultimately director of the Latin American Division. Rodriguez served in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina from 1994 to 1996. In 1999 he transferred to Mexico City, where he again served as a station chief, the most senior CIA post in a large and obviously important country in the area. Rodriguez was then appointed chief of the Latin America Division for the Agency's Directorate of Operations. This progression over 20 years to the top role in the Latin American Division set him apart as a key leader in the operations arena, during a period when the Cold War, counternarcotics, insurgencies, and U.S. invasion of Panama were key drivers of intelligence activity in the region...


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