Gus Hunt » CTO, The CIA


Ira (Gus) Hunt currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In this capacity, Mr. Hunt is responsible for setting the strategic technology direction to enable CIA’s missions, for driving the rapid insertion and adoption of new capabilities to keep pace with technology change in the commercial sector, and for engaging actively across the IC to share and communicate IT solutions.

Previously, Mr. Hunt served as the Director of Applications Services for CIA. In this role, he was director for applications development at CIA: driving the investment and development process to build core and charged with building IT systems to support and enable effective execution of CIA’s missions and business. Mr. Hunt also set the vision and common services; constructing the enterprise data layer; bringing in training and coaching to drive rapid adoption and effective use of Agile Development within Applications Services; and implementing earned value‐management and total‐cost‐of‐ownership business processes to dramatically improve management decision effectiveness.

Mr. Hunt joined the CIA in 1985 as an analyst and subsequently served in varied technical leadership roles including
Before joining the Agency, Mr. Hunt spent seven years in the private sector as an Aerospace Engineer designing advanced manned space flight systems and satellite orbital transfer vehicles.Director of Architecture and Systems Engineering (ASE), Chair of the CIA Architecture Review Board and the
Mr. Hunt also served as Chief of Research and Development for the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) Crime and Narcotics Center and Deputy Chief of the Operations Support Group in the DCI’s Non‐Proliferation Center.Architecture and Systems Engineers Occupational Panel, and Chief of the CIO’s Advanced Technology Group within the Directorate of Intelligence (DI).

He holds a ME in Civil/Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is married with two grown children.