Ronald L. Burgess Jr.

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Ronald L. Burgess Jr.
LTG BURGESS.jpg
Birth name Ronald Lee Burgess Jr.
Born (1952-09-16) September 16, 1952 (age 65)
Jacksonville, North Carolina, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1974–2012
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Ronald Lee Burgess Jr., United States Army (born September 16, 1952)[1][2] is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General. His last military assignment was as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR). Prior to that, he was Director of the Intelligence Staff in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.[3]

From August 2005 to May 2007 he was the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes (Requirements).

On May 17, 2007, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced that LTG Burgess had been nominated to be the Director of the Intelligence Staff (DIS) for the Office of the DNI. While the DIS position does not require Senate confirmation, it does require the Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Burgess' 3-Star Rank as the DIS.[4]

After the resignation of Gen. Michael Hayden as Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Burgess was selected by President George W. Bush in June 2006 to fill the position in an acting capacity until October 2007.[5] During this time, he was still serving at the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes (Requirements) and transitioned to the Director of the Intelligence Staff. He served as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence for a second time from January 2009 to February 2009.

Biography and education[edit]

Burgess was commissioned in Military Intelligence through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in 1974. He graduated from high school in Opelika, Alabama, then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Auburn University in 1974, a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California in 1980, and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1986. While attending Auburn University he was a brother in the Beta Zeta chapter of Theta Xi and served as the Chapter President from 1973 to 1974.

His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officers Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Advanced Military Studies Program, and the Air War College.

On May 16, 2015, Burgess was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.

In June 2015, Burgess was inducted into the United States Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Burgess received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Military assignments[edit]

Staff assignments include: Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Washington, D.C. in 1990; G-2, 25th Infantry Division (Light) from May 1993 to May 1994 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as Director of Intelligence, J-2, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from May 1997 to June 1999; Director of Intelligence, J-2, U.S. Southern Command from June 1999 until May 2003, and Director for Intelligence, J-2, the Joint Staff from June 2003 to July 2005. LTG Burgess assumed duty as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes in August 2005 transitioning to Director of the Intelligence Staff in February 2007. He was dual-hatted twice as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence from May 2006 to October 2007, and January to February 2009.

Command assignments include: Company Commander, 124th Military Intelligence Battalion, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia; command of the 125th Military Intelligence Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from April 1991 to May 1993; and command of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade in Panama from June 1995 to May 1997. LTG Burgess became the 17th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 18 March 2009.

Retirement and post-retirement[edit]

Lieutenant General Burgess departed DIA on July 24, 2012, and officially retired from the US Army on September 1, 2012.[6] Army Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, who had served as an Assistant Director of National Intelligence relieved General Burgess.[6]

At the change of command ceremony, Lieutenant General Burgess received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, Jr..[6] General Burgess also received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal 1OLC for his service as the DIA Director.[6]

In December 2012, Lieutenant General Burgess joined Auburn University as Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs. In this capacity he works across the university to interface and coordinate with federal, state and commercial entities on all matters related to these areas.

In June 2015, Burgess was inducted into the United States Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame

On November 9, 2016, Reuters reported that Burgess is part of the Trump transition team "focused on intelligence and security matters".[7]

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Burgess received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

On 1 May 2018 Burgess assumed the duties of Chief Operating Officer for Auburn University. In this role he advises the President of the university on all matters related to the overall direction, management, and effective administrative operations of managed oversight in support of its mission, strategic plan, core values and vision.

Personal life[edit]

Lieutenant General (Ret) Burgess and his wife Marta have five children: Lee, Regina, Julia, Mary, and John and thirteen grandchildren.

Awards and decorations[edit]

United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
Military Intelligence Regimental Insignia.png Army Military Intelligence Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart Army Commendation Medal
Width-44 ribbon with two width-9 ultramarine blue stripes surrounded by two pairs of two width-4 green stripes; all these stripes are separated by width-2 white borders Army Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
NIDRib.gif National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with two service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Width-44 ribbon with width-6 central ultramarine blue stripe, flanked by pairs of stripes that are respectively width-4 emerald, width-3 golden yellow, width-5 orange, and width-7 scarlet Army Service Ribbon
Width-44 ribbon with width-8 central brick stripe, flanked by pairs of stripes that are respectively width-2 golden yellow, width-10 grotto blue, and width-6 national flag blueAward numeral 3.png Overseas Service Ribbon with the award numeral three
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
ROU Order of the Star of Romania 1999-war-ribbon Comm BAR.svg Order of the Star of Romania, Commander (Military)
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg French Legion of Honour (Commandeur)

During his career LTG Burgess was recognized with awards by the governments of Colombia, Bolivia and Bulgaria. Additionally, he was awarded the Order of the Star of Romania by the President of Romania, and was inducted into the Legion of Honour after selection by the President of France.

LTG Burgess is a recipient of the Auburn Alumni Association's Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).[8] In June 2016 LTG Burgess was inducted into the inaugural class of the United States Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps National Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  3. ^ Army Times, July 25, 2008.
  4. ^ ODNI Personnel Announcement, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on May 17, 2006.
  5. ^ Personnel Announcement, released by the White House on June 6, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c d "Panetta: Under Burgess, DIA Evolved Into Global Agency" American Forces Press Service. (By Cheryl Pellerin)
  7. ^ Trump election ignites fears over U.S. encryption, surveillance policy, Reuters, November 9, 2016
  8. ^ http://www.aualum.org/index.php/awards-list/lifetime-achievement

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Hayden
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Donald Kerr
Preceded by
Michael Maples
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Mike Flynn