Robert E. Drake

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Robert E. Drake
8th Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
In office
1 May 1978 – 30 March 1980
Preceded by Benson K. Buffham
Succeeded by Ann Z. Caracristi
Personal details
Born Robert Edwin Drake
(1923-10-11)October 11, 1923
Northfield, Minnesota, U.S.
Died January 12, 2006(2006-01-12) (aged 82)
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Spouse(s) Helen Suzanne Barstow "Sue" Drake, Mary Page Mason Drake
Profession Intelligence analyst, consultant and official
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Army Air Forces
Battles/wars World War II

Robert Edwin Drake (October 11, 1923 – January 12, 2006) was an American intelligence official who was Deputy Director of the National Security Agency from 1978 to 1980 during which time he was the highest ranking civilian in the agency.[1]


He joined the Armed Services Security Agency in 1949 and eventually the newly created National Security Agency in 1952.[2] With the NSA he served in overseas offices in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii. He also served in the position of Chief of the Soviet and East European Analytic Group and Deputy Director for Operations. Retiring from the NSA in 1978, he returned to independent consulting work. For his intelligence work he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, National Security Agency Meritorious and Exceptional Civilian Service awards, the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Central Intelligence Agency Distinguished Service Medal.[2]

He was an alumnus of Carleton College, Minnesota, George Washington University and the National War College.[2]

He died of heart failure in 2006, aged 82.[2]


  1. ^ "Former Deputy Directors - NSA/CSS". 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Robert Edwin Drake, 82; Served as Deputy Director of NSA". 2006-01-19. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Ann Z. Caracristi
Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
Succeeded by
Charles R. Lord