DIA DAY | DIAA HOMECOMING | TORCH BEARERS AWARD 2014
In his opening remarks at the 16th Annual Homecoming event on 13 November, Acting DIA Director David Shedd said that the word of the day was “Remembrance” of those who came before him and built theAgency. Throughout the day Mr.Shedd noted that DIAwould not be the outstanding Agency it is today had it not been for the workforce and the leadership that preceded him. He was addressing his remarks to the former agency leaders and members of the Defense Intel Alumni Association in attendance. He commented that DIA’s relevance today is exemplified by DIA’s now providing over 25% of the President’s Daily Briefing. Mr. Shedd encouraged attendees to engage, talk, and ask questions, because DIA was interested in our thoughts as it is once again trying to shape the future of DIA. Many thoughtful questions rendered some outstanding dialogue.
Highlights of the morning included a panel discussion with the Center Chiefs bringing us up to date on the various challenges DIA is facing around the world, and a panel of DIA employees consisting of “Millennials”, who enthusiastically displayed their professionalism and geographic and functional knowledge. During the lunchtime session DNI, and former DIA Director, James Clapper, discussed his recent experience travelling to Pyongyang and returning home with the two American hostages who had been held in North Korean jails. He candidly answered numerous questions from the former leaders and DIAA attendees about his secret mission to the “Hermit Kingdom.” Newly arrived DIA Deputy Director Doug Wise shared his early impressions of the Agency.
An induction ceremony was held in Leadership Hall honoring this year’s Torch Bearer recipients Harry Klein, Alan Manners and Margaret Munson, before family members, friends, former colleagues and other DIA Day attendees. At the conclusion of the ceremony a reception was held in the Missile Lobby. Nominations for next year’s awards can be submitted at anytime; instructions can be found at http://www.diaalumni.org/awards/torchbearer.html. More information on this year’s recipients is available here.opportunities. DIAA volunteered to help with mentoring these young warriors who are trying to navigate a new and difficult road in life. After the formal program, several attendees stayed behind to be interviewed by the DIA History Office; DIA is looking for other alumni members willing to tell DIA’s story from their experiences.
About the Acting Director
Mr. David R. Shedd was named Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2014 following four years service as Deputy Director. As Acting Director he leads the Defense Intelligence Enterprise workforce comprised of more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide. This workforce spans the Defense Intelligence Enterprise within the Department of Defense with an intelligence mission and/or function, plus all their stakeholders involved in creating, sustaining and enhancing mission capacity.
Mr. Shedd previously served from May 2007 to August 2010 as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Deputy for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, where he was responsible for overseeing the formulation and implementation of major Intelligence Community (IC) policies across the full spectrum of issues, from information sharing and IC authorities to analytic standards, among others. In particular, he led the review of Executive Order 12333, the foundational U.S. intelligence policy, which was revised by President George W. Bush in July 2008. Additionally, Mr. Shedd developed and implemented a National Intelligence Strategy, published in August 2009 for the IC and led all strategic planning efforts to determine future intelligence priorities for the Community and the Nation.
From May 2005 to April 2007, Mr. Shedd served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Shedd held intelligence policy positions at the National Security Council (NSC) from February 2001 to May 2005. He served as the NSC’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform. Mr. Shedd has been directly involved in the implementation of intelligence reform stemming from the 9/11 Commission report in July 2004, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission’s report to the President in March 2005.
From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Shedd was posted overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico. Mr. Shedd has also held a variety of senior management assignments at the Central Intelligence Agency, including Chief of Congressional Liaison.
Mr. Shedd holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and a M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies.
Mr. Shedd is married, and they are blessed to have two sons.
Defense Intel Alumni Association PO Box 354, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923