Ray Cline

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Ray Cline (1918-1996) was the CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence from 1962 to 1966.[1]


Cline was born in Anderson Township, Illinois, in 1918. He grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana. He received a Harvard scholarship in 1935.[2]


Cline served in the OSS during World War Two.[2]


Cline joined the CIA in 1949.[2]

As chief of the agency's staff on the Sino-Soviet bloc from 1953 to 1957, he predicted the Sino-Soviet split.[2]

He served as station chief in Taiwan from 1958 to 1962, under the official title of chief, United States Naval Auxiliary Communications Center.[2]

He was the CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence from 1962 to 1966.[1]

He was chief of station in Bonn from 1966 to 1969.[2]

State Department

Mr. Cline left the C.I.A. in 1969 and served as the State Department's chief of intelligence analysis.[2]

He gave up Government work in 1973, becoming an executive director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University.[2]

In retirement, he served as head of the Taiwan Committee for a Free China.[2]




External Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Godfrey Hodgson, Obituary: Ray Cline, Independent, 19 March 1996.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Tim Weiner, Ray S. Cline, Chief C.I.A. Analyst, Is Dead at 77, New York Times, 16 March 1996.