DIA names Doug Wise, a former CIA official, as its deputy director

Douglas Wise
Douglas Wise

DIA’s Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn announced on May 20 that Doug Wise will succeed David Shedd as the agency’s next deputy director.

Wise comes to DIA from CIA, where he has served in a number of top leadership and operational roles.

After being commissioned from West Point, Wise served as an active duty infantry officer in the Army and graduated from the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He earned master’s degrees from the Dartmouth College School of Arts and Sciences and from the Thayer School of Engineering, and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Wise also did a tour of duty in the Pentagon with the then-classified National Reconnaissance Office.

“I had the privilege of working alongside Doug while we were in Iraq, and I witnessed his keen intelligence insights, commitment to community integration, and first-hand knowledge of DIA’s unique capabilities and skill sets,” Flynn said. “Doug’s superior service in the intelligence community, his military experience and proven record of partner collaboration — not only in D.C. but in the field — make him an excellent choice.”

Wise will arrive at the agency in August for a transition period and assume full responsibilities in September.