R. James Woolsey, Jr.

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R. James Woolsey, Jr., a former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, is Vice President at Booz Allen & Hamilton for Global Strategic Security. Previously, he was partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner.

He recently served as counsel for major corporations in both commercial arbitrations and the negotiation of joint ventures and other agreements. He is married to Suzanne Woolsey.


Besides serving as Director of Central Intelligence, Woolsey has served in the U.S. government as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989-1991, Under Secretary of the Navy (1977-1979), and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970-73. [1]

He was also appointed by the President as Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST) in Geneva between 1983 and 1986.

During his military service in the U.S. Army, he served as an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, from 1969 to 1970.

Source: The Globalist.

Woolsey is a former Rhodes Scholar, a graduate of Stanford University and a 1968 graduate of Yale Law School.

He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board to the Secretary of Defense.

Woolsey is one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, Project for the New American Century (PNAC Letter) sent to President William Jefferson Clinton. He was also one of the signers of another PNAC document, Statement on Post-War Iraq, on March 19, 2003.

Woolsey represented the Iraqi National Congress.

Woolsey was a Commissioner on the National Commission on Terrorism which delivered the Report of the National Commission on Terrorism to President Bill Clinton in June 2000. At the time, he was a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner "with a practice in the fields of civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and corporate transactions." [2]

Woolsey is connected with the Scowcroft Commission (also see Brent Scowcroft) and the Rumsfeld Commission (also see Donald H. Rumsfeld). He is currently chairman of Freedom House, reputed to be affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations (of which he is believed to be a member), is on the board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, on the board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a senior advisor for Americans for Victory Over Terrorism (AVOT), and a principal in Paladin Capital Group[3]. He is Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton, the lead contractor for the Total Information Awareness program.

Woolsey is Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Options, Inc./Global Options, Inc.. He also sits on the Board of the North American Industrial Hemp Council/North American Industrial Hemp Council.


Speaking to a group of college students on April 2, 2003, former CIA Director Woolsey revealed, "...the United States is engaged in World War IV, and that it could continue for years." Woolsey described the Cold War as the third world war. He then said "This fourth world war, I think, will last considerably longer than either World Wars I or II did for us. Hopefully not the full four-plus decades of the Cold War." [4]

When James Woolsey, the former C.I.A. director and current Pentagon adviser, appeared on "Nightline" five days after 9/11 and suggested that America had to strike Iraq for sponsoring terrorism, Ted Koppel rebutted: "Nobody right now is suggesting that Iraq had anything to do with this. In fact, quite the contrary."

Mr. Woolsey replied: "I don't think it matters. I don't think it matters." [5][6]


A full list of Woolsey's positions, as well as his profile compiled by Right Web.org, are posted on the RightWeb website.


Government posts/panels/commissions

Corporate connections/business interests

  • Booz Allen Hamilton: Vice President, Global Strategic Security Division (July 15, 2002)
  • Paladin Capital Group's Homeland Security Fund Investment Committee: Principal and Member
  • BC International Corporation: Board member
  • DIANA, LLC; Agorics, Inc.: Board member
  • Fibersense Technology Corporation: Board member
  • Invicta Networks, Inc.: Board member
  • Linsang Partners, LLC: Board member
  • Sun HealthCare Group, Inc.: Board member
  • Global Options, Inc.: Vice Chairman, Advisory Board
  • Benador Associates: Member, International Speakers Bureau
  • Shea & Gardner (Washington, D.C.): Former managing partner (1995-2001)
  • Aerospace Corporation: Former director
  • British Aerospace: Former board member
  • DynCorp: Former board member
  • Fairchild Industries: Former board member
  • Martin Marrietta: Former board member
  • Titan Corporation: Former board member
  • USF&G: Former board member
  • Yurie Systems, Inc.: Former board member


  • Yale Law School: L.L.B. (1968)
  • Oxford University: M.A., Rhodes Scholar (1963-1965)
  • Stanford University: A.B. (1963)

Contact information

R. James Woolsey
Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 2210
Tel: 703/377-0809
Fax: 703/902-3533
Email: woolsey_jim AT bah.com

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Leadership, United Against Nuclear Iran, accessed February 3, 2009.
  2. Fuel Freedom Advisors, organizational web page, accessed March 10, 2019.
  3. Advisory Board, American Council on Renewable Energy, accessed April 19, 2009.

External articles

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External resources