Marine Corps Officer Takes Defense Intelligence Agency Reins
Marine Corps Officer Takes
Defense Intelligence Agency Reins
By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – January 23, 2015 – Surrounded by senior leaders in the defense and
intelligence communities, the first Marine Corps officer to become director of
the Defense Intelligence Agency took office here today in a ceremony at Joint
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart took charge of DIA
and the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and
Michael G. Vickers, under secretary of defense for
intelligence, called Stewart a “warrior intellectual.”
“Vince is strongly known for his leadership,” Vickers said.
“He mentored a number of our intelligence officers, and he will be a great
leader of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”
While DIA has endured a lot of change in the last few years,
he added, Stewart “will consolidate that change and lead the agency to a new
Dedicated Warfighter, Respected Leader
Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic
Command, called Stewart a well-known intelligence professional, a dedicated
warfighter and respected leader.
“I look forward to your strategic thinking and critical
thought, because you are taking command when we are facing a strategic and
security environment that’s more complex, dynamic and volatile than perhaps any
time in our history,” Haney told Stewart.
James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence, noted
that Stewart is the first Marine and the first African-American to lead a major
“He’s always been a great champion of Marine Corps
intelligence, which grew on his watch in size, capability and relevance,”
Clapper said of Stewart. “Everywhere he’s gone, he’s perfected the basics of
intelligence work.” He called Stewart an extremely competent intelligence
officer, a great Marine and an inspired choice to lead the agency.
Stewart, who was promoted to lieutenant general this morning,
expressed his gratitude for the leaders he’s had during his career. “I really am
standing on the shoulders of giants,” he said.
“While I’ve had the opportunity to serve in many positions, …
this is one of the greatest honors of my career,” Stewart said. “The opportunity
to lead this magnificent organization is truly a unique and humbling experience.”
Building Upon the Path in Place
The new DIA director said his tenure will focus on striving
for excellence in the intelligence profession, and building upon the path
already put in place by his predecessors.
His leadership, he said, is about carrying out the legacy set
forth since the agency’s founding 50 years ago, setting an even higher standard
of excellence and moving the agency into the future by focusing on the most
important and difficult defense intelligence issues.
“It’s about building on today’s successes for a greater
tomorrow,” he added. “It’s about writing the next chapter, not a new book.”
Under his direction, he said, the agency’s focus will
continue to be one that supports military commanders in the field and defense
leaders at home.
“We must continue to meet new threats on the battlefield,”
Stewart said, “and establish even better ways to outmaneuver our adversaries.”
(Follow Terri Moon Cronk on Twitter: @MoonCronkDoD)
James R. Clapper
Michael G. Vickers
Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart
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