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Thomas A. Ferguson

Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
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Thomas A. Ferguson

Mr. Thomas A. Ferguson was appointed as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) in April 2007.  He serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the USD(I) and is responsible for exercise planning; policy and strategic oversight over all DoD intelligence; and counterintelligence and security policy, plans and programs, as delegated by the UDSD(I).  Mr. Ferguson represents USD(I) to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other members of the Intelligence Community. 

This is Mr. Ferguson’s second leadership assignment within the Pentagon.  Previously, Mr. Ferguson held key leadership roles in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence).  From March 1996 to November 1999, he served as the Director for Production and Total Force Issues.  He was then appointed Principal Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (DASD(I)) and served as the Acting DASD(I) from December 2002 until May 2003.

Mr. Ferguson began his intelligence career in 1979 in the U.S. Air Force and among his assignments, served at the Foreign Technology Division, Dayton, OH, and the Air Force Intelligence Staff/HQ Air Force, Pentagon. He left active duty in 1986.  After military service, Mr. Ferguson joined the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he held a wide range of analytic and supervisory positions to include:  strategic and space forces analysis, US acquisition programs support, joint plans and intelligence support, and new information technology and tools development. 

From May 2003 to April 2007, Mr. Ferguson served as the Director, Office of Geospatial Intelligence Management, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  He led NGA’s management of the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence and was responsible for strategic planning, functional and program guidance, and assessments.

Mr. Ferguson earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and performed graduate-level study in Public Administration at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, and Florida Institute of Technology. 

Mr. Ferguson’s awards include both Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards, Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Director of Central Intelligence National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, DIA Director’s Award, Director of Military Intelligence Certificate of Achievement, and the USAF Meritorious Service and Commendation Medals.

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