No. 7 7. Porter Goss (Director): Central Intelligence Agency
Porter Goss’ unexpected departure from the CIA in May caught the American public by surprise. It occurred during a fragile time for the organization. The CIA was trying to recover from intelligence failures surrounding 9/11 and the weapons of mass destruction controversy that led to the invasion of Iraq. He left in the midst of a major agency endeavor: to improve information-sharing among the CIA’s collective bureaus. Goss departed after two years in the position. Though Goss’ efforts were certainly under scrutiny, the complete picture around his resignation remains unclear, and the agency is left having to mitigate the damages. He was replaced by Air Force General Michael Hayden.