Douglas H. Wise retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2016 after completing nearly three decades of service. His last assignment with the CIA was serving in a Joint Duty Assignment as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Douglas Wise has substantial leadership and operational experience across a broad spectrum of Intelligence Community issues. During his CIA career, he had the privilege of leading several of the Agency’s most important components at Headquarters and in the field. In the course of multiple field assignments, Mr. Wise served four times as a Chief of Station including a tour in a war zone that was then the largest field station in the Agency’s history. Mr. Wise was also the CIA’s Chief of Operational Training where he supervised a joint cadre of CIA and Department of Defense (DoD) instructors. He has extensive leadership experience in integrating Intelligence Community components from his service as a senior leader in the CIA’s two largest multi-agency centers. In addition to assignments in the Balkans, the Middle East, and East Asia, Mr. Wise has had multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to his DIA assignment, Mr. Wise led a major CIA covert action program.
Prior to joining the CIA, Mr. Douglas Wise served 20 years’ active duty in the U.S. Army as an infantry and Special Operations officer. While in the Army, Mr. Wise served in the Pentagon with the then-classified National Reconnaissance Office as Director of Research and Development focused on developing future capabilities for overhead reconnaissance.
Mr. Wise graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. degree. He also graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Wise earned master’s degrees from Dartmouth College School of Arts and Sciences and from Thayer School of Engineering in New Hampshire. He also completed a post-graduate fellowship at one of the National Laboratories.