David Shedd

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David Shedd
Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), David R. Shedd.JPG
Official DIA portrait of Deputy Director Shedd
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
In office
August 2014 – January 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDoug Wise
Preceded byMichael T. Flynn
Succeeded byVincent R. Stewart
Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
In office
August 2010 – August 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy, Plans, and Requirements
In office
May 2007 – August 2010
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRobert Cardillo
Personal details
Alma materGeorgetown University
Geneva College

David R. Shedd is a retired U.S. intelligence officer whose final post was as the acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[1] He is a former Central Intelligence Agency operative.

Education and early career[edit]

Shedd holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and a M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Latin American studies. From 1984 to 1993, Shedd was posted overseas in the U.S. embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico.[citation needed] Shedd has held a variety of senior management assignments including Chief of Congressional Liaison at the Central Intelligence Agency.[citation needed]

Executive career[edit]

Shedd served from May 2007 to August 2010 as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, where he oversaw the formulation and implementation of major Intelligence Community (IC) policies from information sharing and IC authorities to analytic standards, among others. In particular, he led the review of Executive Order 12333, the foundational U.S. intelligence policy, which was revised by President George W. Bush in July 2008. Shedd also developed and implemented a National Intelligence Strategy, published in August 2009 for the IC and led strategic planning efforts to determine intelligence priorities for the IC and the nation.

From May 2005 to April 2007, Shedd served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. Before the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Shedd held intelligence policy positions at the National Security Council (NSC) from February 2001 to May 2005. He served most recently as the NSC’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform. Shedd helped implement 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.

Shedd was named Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2010. In this capacity, he assisted the Director’s management of more than 16,500 employees worldwide.


David Shedd appeared on a Whistleblowing Panel at the Oxford Union in February 2018. The video of the entire panel was censored by the Oxford Union, which claims to be “the last bastion of free speech”, allegedly on order from David Shedd and against the wishes of the other panelists. According to another panelist, "If US officials can censor entire debates on US policy at the Oxford Union that is (at least as far as the public is aware) something new and something which ought to be known by anyone planning to speak there.”[2][3]

Government offices
Preceded by
Michael T. Flynn
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Succeeded by
Vincent R. Stewart


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