Lt. General William E. Odom graduated from Columbia Military,
then, in 1954, the United States Military Academy, West Point.
He attended Armor, Airborne, Ranger and The Command and General
Staff College. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from
Columbia University in 1970.
General William E. Odom
During the Carter Administration, from 1977 to 1981, General
Odom was a senior member of the National Security Council Staff
and Military Aide to the President's Assistant for National Security
Affairs, Zbigniew Brzezinski. At the NSC, General Odom worked
on Strategic Planning, Soviet Affairs, Nuclear Strategy, Telecommunications
Policy, Terrorism and Persian Gulf Security Affairs.
From 1981 to 1985, General Odom served as Deputy Assistant,
then Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, responsible for
all Army intelligence operations.
General Odom was Director of the National Security Agency
from 1985 to 1988, Advisor to The Secretary of Defense, The Director
of Central Intelligence, and The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In 1988 he retired from the Army with 34 years of service.
General Odom was a prolific writer having published five books
and numerous papers on Soviet World Politics, Capabilities and