National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)


A. Lyston Lea, II

Mr. Lyston Lea joined the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in 2014. He serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NMIO on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and intelligence matters spanning a broad range of maritime security and intelligence integration challenges. As the senior civilian in NMIO, Mr. Lea provides continuity to the organization as it works to foster unity of effort for decision advantage that protects the United States, its allies and partners against threats in or emanating from the global maritime domain.

NMIO was established by the Director of National Intelligence to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and coordinate national-level MDA. NMIO facilitates a unified maritime perspective by coordinating with the U. S. Intelligence Community and across the Global Maritime Community of Interest – which includes U.S. federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments; the maritime industry; academia; and foreign partners.

Mr. Lea is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) service, and has worked in the U. S. Intelligence Community for over 33 years at multiple agencies in a broad range of assignments. He holds a MS in National Security Studies from the National War College, a MA in Public Administration from Fordham University and a BA in History from Washington & Jefferson College. He is also a graduate of the Defense Leadership and Management Program. Mr. Lea has numerous personal and unit awards, which are all a tribute to the civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen he has served alongside throughout his career. (March 2017)

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