LtGen Vincent Stewart, Keynote speaker at the 2015 DIAA Spring Luncheon held at the Fort Myer Officers' Club, addressed the assembled agency alumni about his priorities as DIA director. LtGen Stewart opened his remarks by discussing the legacy and immense
value of DIAA. He mentioned that DIAA provides a mechanism to learn from the knowledge and experience of those who had come before him. The Director framed his opening comments with a quote from Lt Gen Perroots on meeting obstacles: "We will meet the obstacles before us, work past them, and continue our commitment to excellence".
LtGen Stewart advised DIAA members that a significant priority of his is to improve relationships with Capitol Hill. He mentioned he was off to a great start and he had been in formal open testimony within the first two weeks of his arrival. The DIA relationship with Congress will continue to be a priority, and LtGen Stewart said that he welcomes tough but fair oversight in an era of constrained resources.
The Director then discussed DIA's "integrated centers," which contain both analysis and operations personnel and are organized across four regions and one functional (counterterrorism) issue. LtGen Stewart said the regional center concept would remain in place and be strengthened during his tenure as Director, citing lessons learned from integrated intelligence units in the field during the past 14 years of warfare. He also pointed out that CIA was reorganizing along a similar track!
Further, LtGen Stewart discussed the DIA workforce, mentioning he intended to move to a "rank-in-person" system of management. He said that implementation details are still being worked out, but rank-in-person generally is a personnel system similar to those in the military or foreign service. Rank-in-person involves evaluating the "whole person's" readiness
for promotion, instead of selecting individuals for promotion based on vacancy announcements. The Director did not mince words about the challenges involved in moving to such a system, but he was clear that DIA's future workforce needs and deserves a different means of human capital selection and development.
Finally, the Director asked for the DIAA's assistance in two areas. As members of the DIA family he requested DIAA's support as he works to strengthen the corporate culture of DIA. He requested that DIAA members provide input and advice toward that end when they feel it is necessary or warranted. He also asked DIAA to spread the word about the good progress DIA is making in delivering military intelligence-DIA's core competency-to the rest of DoD, warfighters and others in US policy making circles. LtGen Stewart promised to stay in touch and thanked the association for its work and support. It was a great session, and the new Director is off to a terrific start!
Lieutenant General Stewart received his baccalaureate degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, where he majored in History (1981). He also earned master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, RI (1995) and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC (2002).
His military education includes: The Basic School, Quantico, VA, (1981-82); The Armor Officer Basic Course, Fort Knox, KY, (1982); The Basic Communications Officer Course, Quantico, VA, (1985); The Cryptologic Division Officer’s Course, Washington, DC, (1986); The Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, VA, (1988-1989); The Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, RI, (1994-1995); The School of Advanced Warfighting, Quantico, VA, (1995-1996); and The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair Washington, DC, (2001-2002).
Lieutenant General Stewart’s principal command tours include: Tank Platoon Leader with Company A, 1st Tank (1982-1983) and Executive Officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Tank Battalion (1984-1985) Camp Pendleton, CA; Company Commander with Company I, Marine Support Battalion, Adak, Alaska, (1986-1988); Company Commander with Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Radio Battalion (1989-1990); Company Commander with Company E, Marine Support Battalion, Misawa Japan (1992- 1994); Commanding Officer, 1st Intelligence Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, (1999-2001); and Commanding Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC, (2006-2008).
His principal staff assignments include: Project Officer, Light Armored Vehicle, Anti-Tank, Twenty-Nine Palms, CA, (1983-1984); Assistant Signals Intelligence Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, (1990-1991); Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Radio Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, (1991-1992); Chief, Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Experimental, Quantico, VA, (1996-1999); Deputy Director, Intelligence Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, C3I (2001-2002); Deputy G-2, Marine Forces Central Command (2002); Senior Intelligence Planner, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2002-2005); Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, VA, (2005-2006); Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC, (2008-2009); and Director of Intelligence, HQMC, Washington, DC, (2009-2013).
Lieutenant General Stewart’s military decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with one gold star; the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with two gold stars; the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Combat Action Ribbon; the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; and various unit awards.
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