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March 16, 2015

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Heritage Foundation Hires Former DIA Director David R. Shedd as Visiting Distinguished Fellow

Washington, DC, March 16, 2015 -- The Heritage Foundation has named David R. Shedd, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), as a Visiting Distinguished Fellow.  Shedd will bring his expertise to formulating policy on intelligence and defense issues to The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation.


“David’s distinguished career in the intelligence community and experience leading America’s primary military espionage organization brings a unique and important perspective to today’s policy debates,” said James Jay Carafano, Heritage Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies and Director of the Davis Institute. “He is exceptionally equipped to offer solutions to the most pressing intelligence and military crises of our time.”


In his role as Visiting Distinguished Fellow, David will contribute to the Index of U.S. Military Strength, one of Heritage's flagship annual publications. He will also further his work on developing intelligence and defense policy.


“Heritage is honored to have such a distinguished civil servant join our team and offer critical insights to the threats and challenges our nation faces,” said Heritage President Jim DeMint.


Shedd served as DIA’s Acting Director since 2014, where he led the Defense Intelligence Enterprise workforce comprised of more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide. He served as DIA’s Deputy Director for four years prior and also held top positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the National Security Council (NSC).


He served from 2007 to 2010 as the ODNI Deputy for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, where he led the review of Executive Order 12333, the foundational U.S. intelligence policy. He also served as the NSC’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform.


Shedd has been directly involved in the implementation of intelligence reform stemming from the 9/11 Commission report in July 2004, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission’s report to the President in March 2005. He has also held a variety of senior management assignments at CIA, including Chief of Congressional Liaison.


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