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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Robert "Bob" Wallace

Robert (Bob) Wallace grew up in Kansas and earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Ottawa (Kansas) University in 1966 and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970, led long-range reconnaissance patrol teams of Company E, 75th Rangers in Vietnam and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, two Bronze Stars with “V,” and three Air Medals. In 1970, Bob moved to Washington, D.C., and served as an administrative assistant to late Ohio Congressman William McCulloch before joining the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1971. Between 1973 and 1991, Bob served in field assignments including three tours as Chief of Station directing clandestine operations and managing intelligence collection programs. From 1991 through 2003, he held senior positions in operations and administration at CIA headquarters. He was appointed Deputy Director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) in 1995 and elevated to Office Director in 1998. There he managed programs for the design, development, testing and deployment of technical equipment and personnel in support of worldwide clandestine operations. Bob directed the office's global response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States. He retired in 2003 as Director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service. In 2002, the Office of Technical Service received recognition from the CIA’s Inspector General for superior performance and management. Bob’s other CIA awards include the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, and two Donovan Awards. In 2005, he received the Ottawa University Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award. After retiring from the CIA, Bob founded Artemus Consulting Group, a network of intelligence professionals providing management counsel, strategic planning, and representational services to government and corporate clients.

Bob Wallace also speaks and writes on intelligence, leadership, and management topics. He is co-author of Nine from the Ninth, a memoir of Vietnam War experiences with the 75th Infantry Rangers (iUniverse, 2002); The Incredible World Of Spy-Fi: Wild and Crazy Spy Gadgets, Props, and Artifacts from TV and the Movies (Chronicle Books, 2007); Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda (Plume, 2009); The Official CIA Manual of Deception and Trickery (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2009); and Spy Sites of New York City (The Foreign Excellent Trenchcoat Society, 2012). He is a contributing author to Vaults, Mirrors & Masks: Rediscovering U.S. Counterintelligence (Georgetown University Press, 2008).

Robert "Bob" Wallace appears in the following new Jukebox projects: