LTG Patrick Hughes
February 1996 - July 1999
Lt. Gen. Patrick Hughes faced critical challenges in the area of terrorism in his first year as DIA director. In the wake of a terrorist bombing of U.S. barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996, that left 24 dead and 500 wounded, DIA reexamined its counterterrorism capability.
In March 1996, Hughes produced "A Primer on the Future Threat, 1996-2010," the first in a series of purple books. This publication was extremely well-received by policymakers, the Intelligence Community, and the military. The book provided DIA’s perspective of future threats, and was designed to stimulate discussion on the challenges facing U.S. interests. It was published in three additional editions in 1997, 1998 and 1999.