Barrett Retires After 36 Years with the CIA

Michael Barrett (’73), has retired after a 36-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency.  Prior to Barrett’s retirement, General David Petraeus, then Director of the CIA, presented Barrett with the CIA Career Intelligence Medal for “exceptional achievement” that “directly contributed to the overall national intelligence mission, providing decision makers and war fighters with a competitive advantage over U.S. adversaries throughout his 36 years of service.”

During the past 15 years, Barrett had served on CIA assignment to assist the Defense Department’s highly secretive National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), whose existence was not openly acknowledged until 1992. The NRO launches and operates the nation’s constellation of spy satellites. On Barrett’s retirement, the NRO Director awarded Barrett with the Medal of Meritorious Servicefor his “lasting and critical contributions to the mission of the NRO” and his “insight and skillful legal analyses” as he “negotiated a number of extraordinarily difficult …cases for the NRO, forging equitable agreements that protected NRO’s vital interests…in the most complex and esoteric areas of law.”