CIA Announces New Deputy Chief Operating Officer

September 29, 2021


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced today the selection of Maura Burns as Deputy Chief Operating Officer (D/COO).

Maura most recently served as the Assistant Director of CIA for the Weapons and Counterproliferation Mission Center (WCPMC), and her CIA career spans 33 years and includes assignments as the Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for WCPMC and the Chief of Analysis for WCPMC.  Among her accomplishments, Maura’s strong relationships across the Directorates of Analysis, Operations, and Science and Technology helped drive technical collection to close intelligence gaps.

The outgoing D/COO, John Edwards, will retire at the end of the month after serving with distinction at CIA for more than 25 years.  John will continue to work closely with CIA in one of his next roles as the President of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation.

“Maura is an exceptional Agency leader, and a model of how to develop and onboard talent.  She brings deep experience and Agency expertise to the D/COO role,” said CIA Director William J. Burns.  Director Burns added, “Crucial to driving efficiencies across Agency operations and looking out for our officers, notably during the pandemic, John’s leadership set an excellent example of corporate behavior, and I thank him for his exemplary service.”