Government official who became the Director of the CIA in March 2013, taking over a controversial War on Terror. Prior to his nomination to head up the CIA, he spent 25 years in intelligence and counterterrorism, and was involved in the George W. Bush-era prisoner interrogation that some called torture.
In 1977 he received a B.A. in political science from Fordham and later earned his Masters in government from the University of Texas at Austin.
A fluent Arabic speaker, and known for his no-nonsense attitude, he once confronted a top Iranian spy in broad daylight on the streets of Saudi Arabia.
He had a son and twin daughter with wife Kathy Pokluda Brennan.
He was one of the men in charge of the Seal Team Six raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and he described watching the raid as one of the most anxiety-filled moments in the lives of the people watching it.