Mr. James McGrory

Defense Intelligence Agency Representative, Strategic Leadership Department

Eisenhower School

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Mr. James McGrory was appointed to his current position as the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Representative to the Eisenhower School at National Defense University on 9 July 2017.

Prior his current assignment he was the Department Chief for the Academy Services Department, which is part of the Academy for Defense Intelligence (ADI) at DIA. In this position he managed all the technical academic support to the DIA world-wide training mission and it’s Extended Learning Architecture. He also supervised the DIA’s Joint and Individual Certification Program efforts.

Mr. McGrory joined DIA in 2005 as the Vice Deputy, Chief Financial Executive for HUMINT Operations, where he managed the programing and budgeting activities relating to DIA world-wide HUMINT Operations, which was one of DIA’s largest and most diversified programs. From 2008 -2010 he served as the Deputy DIA Representative to the Department of State (DOS), where he represented the Director of DIA to the leaders of DOS and advised them on relevant developments in DIA’s defense-wide plans, management, and operations. He also ensured that DIA leadership was continually aware of DOS priorities and activities as they affect the DIA mission. Upon completion of the DOS assignment Mr. McGrory returned to DIA where he served as the Deputy Commandant of the Joint Military Attaché School prior to attending the Naval War College. After completion of the Naval War College in 2012, Mr. McGrory initially served as the Branch Chief for the Asymmetric Warfare Branch at the Joint Military Training Center (JMITC) and then from 2014 through 2015 he served initially as the Deputy and then Chief of JMITC.  Prior to joining DIA, Mr. McGrory was the Collection Management Branch Chief for the Intelligence Analysis Division at the Department of Homeland Secutiry.

Before joining the Federal Government Mr. McGrory spent over 10 years in private industry with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He departed SAIC as an Assistant Vice-President for Program Management, where he managed all aspects of multiple SAIC program support efforts. He participated in all phases of the Division business process and was responsible for the financial execution of these efforts. During several years of this period Mr. McGrory participated in and led a team of imagery collection managers that provided crisis, operational, and exercise support to COCOM’s, Services, and IC organizations. Additionally, during this period he worked closely with organizations like IN-Q-TEL to identify and integrated new technology into IC and Service Organization.

Prior to joining private industry, Mr. McGrory served as an active duty Marine Corps Officer, retiring in 1994. During his Marine Corps career he served in both Infantry and Intelligence assignments. As an Infantry Officer he served as an Infantry Platoon Commander / Infantry Company Commander, Marine Security Detachment USS Ranger, Instructor / Section Chief for military tactics instruction at the Marine Corps Basic School, and as a Reconnaissance Company Commander. As a Marine Corps Intelligence Officer he served as the Intelligence Officer (S-2) for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Attaché, US Embassy Copenhagen, G-2 Operations Officer MARCENT / IMEF (Desert Shield / Desert Storm), and as the Branch Chief for the Global Issues Branch, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity.

Mr. McGrory graduated from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. In 1980 he earned a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University and in 2005 a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. In 2012 he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Mr. McGrory lives in Springfield, VA with his wife Mary. He has two grown daughters.