The Future of Defense Intelligence

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 - Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017   |   12:15 - 1:45 PM   |  SRH 3.122

On Tuesday, September 12, the ISP and Strauss and Clements centers welcomed Doug Wise for a lunchtime talk at the LBJ School on the future of defense intelligence. Mr. Wise is a career CIA officer who served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency prior to his retirement.

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Mr. Wise described his varied experiences in public service, and shared impressions of the changing nature of warfare focusing on the information demands that will likely be placed on the defense intelligence enterprise. He anticipated technology and policy requirements that will accompany the emergence of autonomous weapons and artificial intelligence systems.

During the question and answer period, members of the audience were keenly interested, in particular, in the legal, moral, and ethical dilemmas expected to arise when the United States - - and its adversaries - - routinely deploy automated weapons in future battle spaces.

The full video of Mr. Wise’s talk can be viewed below. For photos from the event, please follow this link.




wise headshotDouglas H. Wise retired from CIA as a member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service on 30 August 2016 completing nearly three decades of service. His finished his service with CIA in a Joint Duty Assignment as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Wise has substantial leadership and operational experience across a broad spectrum of Intelligence Community issues. 

Mr. Wise graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, and also graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  While in the military Mr. Wise also served in the Pentagon with the, then classified, National Reconnaissance Office as Director of Research and Development focused on developing future capabilities for overhead reconnaissance. 

During his CIA career in the Clandestine Service, he had the privilege of leading several of the Agency’s most important components at Headquarters and in the field.  In the course of multiple field assignments, Mr. Wise served four times as a Chief of Station, including a tour in a war-zone location that was then the largest field station in the Agency’s history.  Mr. Wise was also the CIA’s Chief of Operational Training where he supervised a joint cadre of CIA and DoD instructors.  Mr. Wise has extensive leadership experience in integrating Intelligence Community components, from his service as a senior leader in two of CIA’s largest multi-agency centers.  In addition to assignments in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia, Mr. Wise has served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Prior to his DIA assignment, Mr. Wise led a major CIA covert action program.   

Mr. Wise earned Master’s degrees from the Dartmouth College School of Arts and Sciences and from the Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, New Hampshire.  He also completed a post-graduate fellowship at one of the National Laboratories, and served on the teaching faulty of the United States Military Academy.

He is married to Cynthia C. Wise a former FBI Special Agent and has three sons.