Richard Lehman (CIA officer)

Richard "Dick" Lehman (12 June 1923–17 February 2007) joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1949 and served for 33 years before retiring. As a junior analyst, he worked in the General Division of the Office of Reports and Estimates (ORE) using SIGINT to puzzle out the organization and output of various Soviet industrial ministries. He then spent much of his career in the Office of Current Intelligence (OCI), eventually serving as its director from 1970 to 1975. Lehman also served as Director of the Office of Strategic Research from 1975 to 1976, as Deputy to the DCI for National Intelligence from 1976 to 1977, and as chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 1979 to 1981. [1]

Dick Lehman
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Chair of the National Intelligence Council
In office
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byHarry Rowen
Personal details
Born(1923-06-12)June 12, 1923
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 2007(2007-02-17) (aged 83)
Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Spouse(s)Catherine (1944–1946)
Diane Harris (1948–2002)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
University of Virginia (MA)

Lehman developed the President's Intelligence Check List (PICL, pronounced "pickle") for President John F. Kennedy in June 1961. The PICL ultimately became the President's Daily Brief.

Born in St. Louis on June 12, 1923, Lehman was the son of Edwin and Margaret Maxwell Lehman. His wife of 54 years, the former Diane Harris, died in 2002. [2]


  • Hevesi, Dennis (2007-02-24). "Richard Lehman, 83, Creator Of Crucial Intelligence Memo". The New York Times. p. 10. (Late Edition - Final)
  • Kovar, Richard (Summer 2000). "Mr. Current Intelligence: An Interview with Richard Lehman". Studies in Intelligence. The Center for the Study of Intelligence (CIA) (9).
Government offices
New office Chair of the National Intelligence Council
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