Ms. Jennifer A. Lasley was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Analysis, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April 2013. In this position, she leads the DHS office charged with providing all-source intelligence analysis of threats to the Homeland. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Lasley served as Vice Deputy Director for Analysis at DIA.
Ms. Lasley earned a Bachelor’s degree from Salem College, a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College at Fort McNair.
Ms. Lasley began her intelligence career as a military capabilities analyst and has worked in a variety of analytic, collection, and leadership positions in the Intelligence Community. She served with the Joint Staff (J2) as a senior analyst for Latin America, directly supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and the Combatant Commands. During this time, she was a principal advisor to the J2 on Latin America and held senior positions on numerous intelligence task forces supporting U.S. contingency planning and combat operations.
Ms. Lasley has led the implementation of several new intelligence initiatives, including: DIA’s first in-depth, daily intelligence publication, the Military Intelligence Digest; a new joint architecture for the defense intelligence community through her standup of what today is the Defense Intelligence Analysis Program (DIAP); and a comprehensive defense intelligence plan to implement the JCS Unified Command Plan (UCP) directive establishing United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and combining United States Space Command (SPACECOM) and United States Strategic Command into a single Command.
Ms. Lasley subsequently served with the National Intelligence Council where she coordinated the intelligence prod uction activities of the national intelligence community and co-authored DCI Guidance on Intelligence Priorities, the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) first post-Cold War intelligence priorities system.
Ms. Lasley established DIA’s Executive Support Office (ESO) and state-of-the-art business process for providing daily, tailored intelligence support to the National Security Council and OSD and JCS leadership. Building on that success, she established and led the Military Forces Analysis Office (MFA) where she was responsible for conducting authoritative, worldwide military order of battle and forces analysis.
Following her promotion to Senior Executive Service in February 2005, Ms. Lasley in July 2006 became DIA’s Director for Congressional and Public Affairs, where she represented the agency and its capabilities to Congress and the media; directed the agency’s strategic engagement and outreach programs; and managed DIA’s internal and external communications. In April 2009 she was assigned to the Joint Staff to stand up the DoD Afghanistan-Pakistan Intelligence Task Force in support of theater, combatant command, and national level decision makers. Her accomplishments culminated in her appointment in October 2009 to the office of the Associate Director of National Intelligence for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where she authored ODNI’s first intelligence campaign plan for insurgent threat finance. Following this assignment, Ms. Lasley became the Vice Deputy Director for Analysis (DI), where she managed the daily operations, personnel, and budget for DIA’s all-source analytic organization of more than 4,000 personnel.
Ms. Lasley is a graduate of the National War College and the OSD Executive Leadership Program. Her awards include three DIA Director’s Awards, the DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the DNI’s Exceptional Performance Award, the Presidential Rank Award, and the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Ms. Lasley resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Jim. They have a daughter, Alyssa.