Mr. Lyston Lea serves as the Principal Advisor to the Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and intelligence matters spanning a broad portfolio of maritime security and intelligence integration challenges. He is known for his ability to bring together government and non-government entities to tackle problems in a “whole of nation” approach designed to foster unity of effort for decision advantage that protects the United States, and its allies against threats within, or emanating from the global maritime domain.
Working with senior leaders within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and the Global Maritime Community of Interest (U.S. federal, state and local governments; the maritime industry; academia; non-governmental organizations and foreign allies), he facilitates unified solutions to mitigate maritime challenges. During his tenure he shepherded a collaborative process to provide critical U.S. Government communications to the U.S. Maritime Industry, through streamlined “Alerts” and “Advisories”.
Mr. Lea was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level service in April 2014, and has over 34 years of Federal Service. Prior to joining NMIO, he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), working in the Analytic Integrity and Standards Office on comprehensive tradecraft evaluation programs to improve the accuracy of information, in support of reforms following the 9/11 attack and the Iraq WMD Commission report.
To support senior decision makers with timely intelligence, he was part of Intelligence Today, successfully linking senior U.S. policymakers to key finished intelligence production. As part of a joint duty assignment, Mr. Lea served in the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, where he coordinated IC analysis in support of whole of government reconstruction and stabilization missions. He also worked on the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, effectively integrating collection, analysis, planning and budgeting.
Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Lea served in the Defense Intelligence Agency, as a Senior Briefer for the J2’s daily Intelligence Briefing to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as Deputy Office Chief of the Defense Warning Office, overseeing and directing budget, personnel and technical activities for this large production center. As Chief of the Futures Division, he directed the Department of Defense Futures Intelligence Program and implemented the Disruptive Technology Innovations Partnership, focusing science and technology analysis against disruptive threats.
Other prior IC positions included as Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s Intelligence Working Group on NATO Enlargement, where he successfully led the integration of the military intelligence services of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Additionally, he was the first U.S. Deputy to the NATO Intelligence Board, in charge of NATO agreed intelligence production. Mr. Lea also served on the Arms Control Intelligence Staff, where he orchestrated U.S. bilateral programs with NATO Allies monitoring conventional arms control treaties in Europe.
Mr. Lea earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the National War College, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Washington & Jefferson College. He is also a graduate of the Defense Leadership and Management Program, and the Leading the Intelligence Community course. Upon graduation from college, he was commissioned through ROTC as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. 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. (9/18)