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 address major challenges 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.
As the senior civilian in NMIO, Mr. Lea advances maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and coordination of national-level MDA. 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; and foreign allies), he facilitates unified solutions to mitigate maritime challenges. During his tenure he led the implementation of a new collaborative process to provide critical U.S. Government communications to the U.S. Maritime Industry, through streamlined “Alerts” (within 2 hours) and “Advisories”.
Mr. Lea is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) service, and has over 33 years of government experience. Prior to joining NMIO, Mr. Lea 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. Mr. Lea also served in the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, where he coordinated IC analysis in support of vital whole of government reconstruction and stabilization missions. He also worked on the ODNI’s National Intelligence Priorities Framework, responsible for integrating evolving collection, analytic and IC planning and budgeting processes.
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, overseeing and directing budget, HR and IT 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 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 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 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. 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.(9/17)