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COL Richard Leach, USA

Director of Intelligence
Defense Information Systems Agency


Army Col. Richard Leach is the director of Defense Information Systems Agency’s J-2 Intelligence and Security Directorate.
He is responsible for coordination, collaboration, and integration of intelligence across the combatant commands and intelligence community to enhance DISA’s information needs. This effort will leverage intelligence community capabilities to improve decision making across DISA’s operational lines of effort and strategic campaign planning.
The Intelligence and Security Directorate will help DISA employees support the warfighter by maintaining security measures related to personnel clearances and contracts. The directorate will also ensure sensitive and classified information is not accessed by foreign entities. As an Army reservist, Leach held a variety of roles in the military, government, and industry before joining DISA. Before being activated, Leach was a division chief under the Risk Management Directorate, and chair of the DoD Security and Cybersecurity Authorization Working Group.
During his last military assignment, Leach was the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve detachment officer in charge, where he supported disaster emergency response communications. From 2018 to 2020, he served at U.S. Cyber Command as the J-2 for Joint Task Force-Ares, supporting cyber operations against global violent extremist organizations.
In addition to his intelligence background, Leach also holds a secondary area of concentration as a 26B, information systems engineer. He served as the chief systems engineer for the 335th Theater Signal Command in Kuwait in 2017. Other operational assignments include the National Ground Intelligence Center, and tactical assignments within Afghanistan and Iraq.
Leach commissioned through ROTC in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in justice, cum laude, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and is working on a master’s degree from the College of Information and Cyberspace at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
He holds certifications as CISSP, CASP, SEC+, AWS foundations, and ITIL 4. His military awards include two Bronze Stars, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal and other service and campaign medals.


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