Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL)
Principal Advisor to Director
National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office
Mr. Lyston Lea joined the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in March 2014. In this position, he serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NMIO on Maritime Domain Awareness and intelligence issues focused on maritime security and intelligence integration challenges. As the senior civilian in the NMIO, Mr. Lea provides continuity to the organization as it improves interagency and international information and intelligence collaboration. A member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL), he has worked in the US Intelligence Community (IC) for over 30 years as an analyst and manager.
Prior to joining NMIO, Mr. Lea worked for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He served in the Analytic Integrity and Standards Office working 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 policymakers with timely intelligence, he was part of Intelligence Today, successfully linking senior US policymakers to key IC finished intelligence. Mr. Lea also served on rotation to the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. There he led coordinated IC analytical support of reconstruction and stabilization missions. He also worked on the ODNI’s National Intelligence Priorities Framework, responsible for integration and outreach programs.
Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Lea worked 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, guiding this 120-person strong production center. As Chief of the Futures Division, he directed the Department of Defense Futures Intelligence Program and also implemented the Disruptive Technology Innovations Partnership, focusing innovative science and technology analysis against disruptive threats.
Other prior positions included his appointment 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 United States 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 served in the United States Army Reserve as an Assistant Army Attaché, physical security and intelligence officer. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts 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.