Director of Naval Intelligence from September 1974 to July 1976
Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until 1977
Director of the National Security Agency until 1981
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, February 12, 1981 to June 10, 1982.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990
Board of Directors, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), 1982 to 2003
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation
In December 2010, Massey Energy's Board of Directors announced that its Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship, would retire from the company at the end of 2010. Company president Baxter F. Phillips Jr. was named as the new CEO. Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, Lead Independent Director on the Massey Board, was named as Non-Executive Chairman.
Inman has served on the board of Virginia-based Massey since 1985 — making him the longest-serving board member by far — and is the lead independent director of the company, which has a record of violating safety and environmental rules. Between 2006 and 2008, according to the latest company filings available, he earned more than $1 million in cash, stock and other compensation.
Shortly after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster Inman blamed labor unions for the accident. He also blamed the large amount of citations UBB accumulated prior to the explosion on an effort by the government to target Massey's non-union mines.
Inman was announced as President Bill Clinton's choice to succeed Les Aspin as Secretary of Defense on December 16, 1993, initially receiving broad bipartisan support. He accepted the post at first, but withdrew his nomination during an unusual press conference on January 18, 1994 that shocked members of both major political parties.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) SAIC is one of the largest private employee-owned corporations and escapes scrutiny because it is privately owned, despite annual revenues of more than $8 billion.
In 1990, while Inman was on the Board of Directors, SAIC was indicted and pled guilty to ten felony counts of fraud on a Superfund site, called "one of the largest of environmental frauds…" in Los Angeles history.
DOE contracted SAIC to manage and operate the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage program