Senator John Warner Honored at CIA
December 19, 2008
CIA Director Mike Hayden presented the Agency Seal Medal to Senator John Warner on December 17 in recognition of his thoughtful oversight of CIA and strong contributions to the Agency’s mission.
“Senator Warner recognizes the critical role that quality intelligence plays in informing policymakers on foreign affairs and national security,” Director Hayden said. “During his three decades in the Senate, he has been a true friend to the men and women of CIA. His unique understanding of intelligence collection and analysis has made him a leader in Congress on intelligence budget and policy matters.”
Senator Warner served for 14 years on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, including two years as vice chairman, and for 30 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee. In the mid-1990s, when some in our country called for major cuts to intelligence after the Cold War, he advocated a cooling off period that would allow for a careful review of U.S. capabilities. A frequent visitor to CIA headquarters, Senator Warner has been an active consumer of intelligence, starting out briefings by telling analysts, “We are all equals here.”
Director Hayden said: “Senator Warner helped guide American foreign and defense policy through the final years of the Cold War and the first years of the current fight against terrorism. His experience, wisdom, and influence will be sorely missed when he leaves the Senate.”
The Agency Seal Medal, which honors those from outside CIA who have contributed to its work, was presented to Senator Warner during a luncheon at headquarters. Guests included several members of his staff and former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, a friend of the senator and an advisor to President-elect Obama on national security issues. Senior officials from across the Agency joined Director Hayden to thank Senator Warner for his exemplary service.