LTG Mary Legere – Army’s Senior Intelligence Officer

LTG Mary Legere is the U.S. Army’s Senior Intelligence Officer, and the Principal Advisor on Intelligence and Security Policy, Program and Operations for the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff. She is the fourth female Three Star General in the Army’s 240-year history, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in April 2012.

Four years later, she oversees the global operations of the Army’s 58,000 person Intelligence Corps. The primary mission of Military Intelligence Corps, often referred to as MI, is to provide accurate and synchronized intelligence and electronic warfare support to military commanders.

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Lt. Gen. Mary Legere – Global Operations

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere is a Three Star General in the United States Army. Since April 2012, she has been a Senior Intelligence Officer and a Principal Advisor on Intelligence and Security Policy, Programs and Operations for the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff. She is only the fourth woman in Army history to attain that rank.

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“Now three and a half years into my tenure,” she says, “I oversee the global operations of the Army’s 58,000-person Intelligence Corps, the modernization of our intelligence systems, and the readiness of our formations across seven geographic theaters, including Afghanistan and Iraq, and an intelligence budget of over $4Billion.” In addition, she advises the Army Chief of Staff of the Army on Readiness, Operations and Modernization of the Intelligence Corps.

She also sponsored cross-cutting experiments in Big Data, Fusion and multi-discipline integration, providing solutions to guide the Army into the IC Cloud and into a Common Command Post Environment.

The Army’s IT infrastructure, like all large IT infrastructures, is made up of systems, software and application platforms, data assets, and numerous processes and practices. Transitioning this conventional infrastructure into a consolidated computing approach via cloud-based IT solutions and models presented many challenges.

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“Cloud computing has demonstrated the potential to change the responsiveness of capabilities supporting the generating and operating Forces and unified action partner (UAP) operations across all joint operational phases,” Army analysts wrote in March 2015, in a report entitled Army Cloud Computing Strategy.

“The ability to connect to cloud capabilities assures that Army computing and communications resources, authoritative data sources, services and information are available, accessible and safeguarded, from the enterprise to the edge.”

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere is one of only nineteen women general officers in the Army. She began her Army career with a commission to ROTC at the University of New Hampshire.

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Lt. Gen. Mary Legere – A Thoughtful Mentor

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere has spent more than thirty years in the United States Army. During that time she has risen from the rank of Lieutenant to Lieutenant General, and is only the fourth women in the Army’s history to become a Three Star General.

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She says that her greatest rewards comes from assisting others, and helping them see and realize their full potential. The Army has a very specific view of mentorship, as defined in a document called FM (Field Manual) 6-22, Leadership Development. “Leader Development provides a doctrinal framework covering methods for leaders to develop other leaders, improve their organizations, build teams, and develop themselves,” the document states in its front matter. “Army leaders are the competitive advantage the Army possesses that technology cannot replace nor be substituted by advanced weaponry and platforms.”

In the Army, a mentor has multiple roles and responsibilities. These include providing the mentee with encouragement and motivation, and an honest assessment of the mentee’s strengths and developmental needs. The Army mentor also provides advice and guidance on the mentee’s goals, and whatever obstacles may be encountered along the way. Periodic reviews are an integral part of the process.

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere is committed to soldiers and families. She loves people and being on great teams, is known as a highly energetic boss, and is passionate about the Army, service to her country, and service to the community.

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Lt. Gen. Mary Legere – Defining Intelligence

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere is a thirty-four year veteran of the United States Army.   Over the course of three decades of service, she rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Intelligence, a position held from April 2012 to 2 March 2016.

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Passionate about the Army and service to her community and country, LTG Mary Legere has a lifelong interest in intelligence. A 1982 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications, was commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army into the Army’s Military Intelligence Corps.  During her career she s served in Germany, Bosnia, Iraq and Korea, serving in positions of increasing scope and responsibility.

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere has always been interested in intelligence and national security.   As an intelligence professional, Legere was responsible for orchestrating the collection, processing, exploitation, analysis, production and dissemination of single-source and multi-discipline intelligence to enable decisions at every level of the military.

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal hosted a reception and Twilight Tattoo in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War on Whipple Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia on July, 24, 2013. The war was the first test of the United Nations' resolve to stand against tyranny in all its forms. Twenty nations banded together with the United States and South Korea in a remarkable display of solidarity to turn back naked aggression and stem the tide of communism. DOD Photo By: U.S. Army Staff Sgt Sun L. Vega (Released)

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal hosted a reception and Twilight Tattoo in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War on Whipple Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia on July, 24, 2013. The war was the first test of the United Nations’ resolve to stand against tyranny in all its forms. Twenty nations banded together with the United States and South Korea in a remarkable display of solidarity to turn back naked aggression and stem the tide of communism.
DOD Photo By: U.S. Army Staff Sgt Sun L. Vega (Released)

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere is the fourth female 3-star General in the Army’s 240-year history, and is among the top seventeen senior officials in the U.S. Intelligence community.  She was the longest serving Army G2 in the Army’s history.

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LTG Mary Legere — Cyber Security Risks and How to Fight Back

Cyber security breaches of large and small companies continue to make headlines, and it is an area LTG Mary Legere, Senior Intelligence Office for the United States Army is interested in exploring.

Yet, despite all of the new technology and vigilance companies use, many are still not prepared to fully protect their data from a variety of security threats. Here is a list of the more common security threats businesses face and what they can do to protect against them.

Insider attacks are one of the largest threats facing company data and systems. Disgruntled and careless employees have the potential to cause serious damage for a company.

To eliminate the threat of disgruntled employees causing damage, it is important for companies to identify and limit privileged user accounts and terminate them immediately upon the employee’s departure from the company.

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LTG Mary Legere – Tips to Become an Effective Mentor

Whether you work for a small company and are asked to wear a number of different hats, or you are a part of an organization that is downsizing, you may be asked to take on more responsibility with little notice.

As employees get shuffled around the downsizing organization, they are gathering more experience, but they aren’t able to spend the time they need to consider what they’ve learned. It is in these types of situations that employees would greatly benefit from a mentor relationship. With a mentor relationship, like the kind LTG Mary Legere offers her fellow military personnel, employees are better able to adapt to their new position.

To have a successful relationship with a mentee, you have to continually develop the relationship, focusing on building trust, setting achievable goals, and keeping things on track. As the relationship grows you will become a confidant, personal advisor, and sounding board for those that you mentor. This will allow you to impart your knowledge of the industry and experience in the field. With your encouragement, your mentee will have the motivation to become more engaged with the organization and with their own personal and professional development.

As a mentor, you have the opportunity to help another understand the different methods and procedures within your organization, different beliefs and attitudes about their work, and possibly adapt your approach to business into their own style. For LTG Mary Legere being a mentor and helping others reach their potential is an experience well worth the time she puts in.

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LTG Mary Legere – What it Takes to Be an Effective Team Member

Working as part of a team is a part of life. Whether you are required to work with a team for a school project or have a team at work you have to collaborate with, working with other people to complete a task is an inevitable part of life. To be an effective team member, like LTG Mary Legere, Three Star Lieutenant General in the United States Army, you have to possess a number of invaluable skills.

When it comes to working in a team, it is important to respect your colleagues. Everyone on a team brings with them unique technical expertise, experience, and knowledge that should be valued by the rest of the team members. To be successful, you need to make a good effort to listen to the ideas of your team members and are respectful when making suggestions.

A large part of being an effective team member is being proactive, dependable, and accountable. If there are a number of tasks that need to be completed and they fall within your skill set, take on the task. When you take on tasks you need to make sure you are completing them in a timely fashion so you can meet your project deadlines. Good communications skills are also essential to being an effective team member. You should strive to be open to others ideas and also be willing to share your own ideas with the group.

When working with a team, conflicts are inevitable. However, when managed properly, conflict can lead to new ideas, more thoughtful decisions, and superior results. Being sure to be respectful of your team member’s ideas and completing your tasks on time can make you an effective team member. LTG Mary Legere has been successfully working within team environments for the last 33-years.

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