During her tenure as the Army’s Senior Intelligence Officer, Lt General Mary Legere championed a number of pilots to assist the Department of Defense and US Intelligence Community in their efforts to improve the security clearance process that determines whether an individual working in support of the Department of Defense and federal government should have access to classified national security information.
In the aftermath of the tragedies at Fort Hood and the Washington Naval Yard, and the subsequent breach of contract and false claims complaint by the Department of Justice against USIS for fraudulent background investigations, Congress and the Director of National Intelligence directed federal agencies to develop a more efficient and high quality background check system, implementing a continuous evaluation and monitoring system, with maximum information sharing between federal agencies and state and law enforcement to alert respective agencies of adverse information that might arise in a security holders background.
“As the Department of Defense’s largest military service and Intelligence Corps, Legere explained, the Army has the largest requirement for security clearances as well as the periodic updates required to maintain them. We not only applaud the efforts of the Director of National Intelligence, Congress and the Executive Branch to reform the current process, but are deeply involved in piloting solutions..”
The Army’s efforts on Continuous Evaluation, spearheaded by tremendous work by the Army G2’s Senior Security Executive, Ms. Patricia Stokes in concert with other services and agencies, ultimately emerged as DoD’s preferred way ahead.
Endorsed by DoD and later by the Director of National Intelligence, the pilot is will likely provide the foundation upon which the DoD program will be built. Legere is the Senior Intelligence Officer in the United States Army and has spent three decades in the US Army as an intelligence professional and military leader. She is only the fourth woman in the United States Army’s 240 years to be selected for promotion to three star general.
A combat veteran with 18 months of service in Iraq, Legere has been in her current position as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for Intelligence for over three and a half years and is considered one of the most innovative leaders in the Intelligence community toady.