John Scott Redd
File:John Scott Redd NCTC portrait.png
Born (1944-09-10) September 10, 1944 (age 76)
Sidney, Iowa
Allegiance 22x20px United States
Service/branch 25px United States Navy
Years of service 1966–1998
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held United States Fifth Fleet
Awards National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
National Security Medal
Other work Deputy Administrator, Coalition Provisional Authority
Executive Director, Iraq Intelligence Commission
Director, National Counterterrorism Center

John Scott Redd (born September 10, 1944) was a vice admiral of the United States Navy, and afterward the first Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, serving from 2005 until 2007.[1] According to David Martin at the CBS Evening News, "Scott Redd may be the most important person you've never heard of."[2] J.J. Green at Federal News Radio referred to Redd as "the man that I often call "E.F. Hutton".[3] He is also the past President of the Naval Academy Class of 1966 and has served on the advisory boards of several non-profit organizations. An avid amateur radio operator, Redd has won seven world championships.

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Redd was born in Sidney, Iowa, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the class of 1966. A Trident Scholar, he majored in mathematics and physics. Following graduation, he studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay and as a Burke Scholar, receiving a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also attended the Program for Senior Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

During his 36 years of active duty service he commanded eight organizations and served in several senior policy positions in the Pentagon. In 1995, he founded the only new U.S. Navy Fleet in half a century, serving as the first Commander, Fifth Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT) since World War II.[4] His last assignment on active duty was as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (DJ-5) on the Joint Staff.[5] Redd retired from active military service in 1998.

Post-Navy career[edit | edit source]

Following his retirement from the Navy he served as CEO of NetSchools Corp., a high-tech start-up company in the education sector, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.[6]

In early 2004 Redd was appointed deputy administrator and chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq. Redd, was one of two deputy administrators reporting to L. Paul Bremer, and directed programs for the reconstruction of Iraq's infrastructure. He was also responsible for policy affecting Iraq's security programs, including the new Iraqi Army, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, Iraqi Border Patrol and Facilities Protection Services.[7]

Redd then served as Executive Director for the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, sometimes known as the WMD Intelligence Commission. The Commission's report was adopted as the President's blueprint for implementation of Intelligence Community reform.[8]

From August 1, 2005, Redd served as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The NCTC has two core missions; to serve as the primary organization in the U.S. Government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence, and to conduct strategic operational planning for counterterrorism activities integrating all elements of U.S. national power.

In a letter to the Intelligence Community dated 17 October 2007, Redd announced his intention to step down as Director of the NCTC, effective 10 November 2007. He cited medical concerns and the desire to spend more time with his family as reasons for his resignation.

However, some speculated he was forced out over comments he had made about the Iraq War. Asked by a reporter if the War had made the United States safer, Redd replied, "tactically, probably not." And when asked if the War constitutes a "giant recruiting tool" for terrorists, he replied, "In the short term, that is probably true. But the question is you've got to look at this, I believe, in the long term strategic view." [9]

However, this speculation by the blogosphere, which was erroneously repeated by Newsweek four months later,[10] doesn't square with Redd's comments about the war on terror that were made throughout, and after, his tenure at NCTC.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

A spokesman disputed this liberal speculation and said that Redd, 63, needed to have both of his knees replaced, which would require a long period of rehabilitation during which he could not work. NCTC spokesman Carl Kropf said Redd's decision to leave was "absolutely not" related to his comments, and that he had not been pressured in any way to step down. In a statement released on October 17, 2007, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell thanked Redd for his service.[20] "I know his decision to step down was difficult," McConnell said. A spokesman for his office said there was "no pressure whatsoever" on Redd to resign.[21]

Awards[edit | edit source]

On June 13, 2006, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors resolved to name the new bypass highway around Sidney, Iowa, the "Admiral Scott Redd Highway" in his honor.[22] Dedication ceremonies were held on October 5, 2007.[1].

On November 9, 2007, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell awarded Redd the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal for his exceptional contributions to the Intelligence Community and defense of the nation.[23]

Redd was awarded the National Security Medal by President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony on January 16, 2009. Redd was recognized by the President for "his more than 40 years of exceptional service to the Nation strengthening its intelligence capabilities and improving national security."[24]

Amateur radio[edit | edit source]

On May 16, 2008, Redd was inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, which honors those individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet.[25]

In August 2009, Redd "became perhaps the only person ever to win single-op world championships in all six major ham radio DX contests.",[26] said CQWW Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST, in announcing the results, which were published in the September issue of CQ magazine. Redd, operating from Mexico as XE1IIJ in the early 1970s, won single-op world championships in the CQWW Phone Contest, the ARRL DX Phone and CW Contests and the CQ WPX Phone Contest. Thirty years later, when his professional life permitted a little more hamming time, Scott added the WPX CW crown as P41P, operating from P43P's station in Aruba, in 2002. The only prize that eluded him—until now—was the CQWW CW.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Personnel Announcement". June 10, 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  2. "Highlights of U.S. Broadcast News coverage of the Middle East from September 7, 2006". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  3. "Duke of Data Blog: Terror Matrix: The Current Threat Facing the U.S.". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  4. "Fifth Fleet". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  5. "VADM John S. Redd for reappointment to the grade of VADM and assignment.". 1996. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  6. "HP, NetSchools Partner to Bridge Technology Gap for K-12 Schools". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  7. "Scott Redd heads to new job in Iraq". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  8. "Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  9. "Hatred of U.S. drives al-Qaida recruiting". 15 October 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  10. Mark Hosenball (February 23, 2008). "Intel: Antiterror Help Wanted". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  11. "Exclusive Interview with Vice Adm. Scott Redd". 2 November 2007.,2933,307817,00.html. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  12. "Imagination, collaboration keys to counterterrorism". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  13. Gary Thomas (7 May 2007). "Bolstering U.S. Intelligence". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  14. Gary Thomas (7 May 2007). "Protecting America from Terrorism". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  15. "Admiral Redd's Interview With Federal News Radio's J.J. Green Protecting America from Terrorism". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  16. "All speeches and testimony given by Admiral Redd in chronological order". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  17. Schmitt, Eric (10 September 2007). "Eavesdropping Said to Help Break Up German Plot". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  18. "United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs : Hearings". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  19. "'Special Report' Panel on General Petraeus and the Anti-War Faction". 12 September 2007.,2933,296578,00.html. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  20. "Statement by the Director of National Intelligence Mr. Mike McConnell". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  21. "After Comments, U.S. Terror Chief Resigns Citing Health Reasons". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  22. "Board of Supervisors Minutes June 2006". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  23. "DNI Awards National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal to Former NCTC Director". Retrieved 25 October 2010. [dead link]
  24. "National Counterterrorism Center: Press Room". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  25. "Scott Redd, K0DQ: The Biggest Gun of All". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  26. "2008 CQ World Wide CW Contest Marks Major Milestone for K0DQ". Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
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Preceded by
John O. Brennan
Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Succeeded by
Michael E. Leiter

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