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JAMES J. KREN

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Mr. James J. Kren is Executive Director, Battlefield Information Collections Exploitations Systems Agency, Intelligence Systems Support Office, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Brussels, Belgium. 

Mr. Kren began his career with the Defense Mapping Agency where he held a variety of positions including systems engineer, physical scientist, cartographer and geographer. He later served as a staff officer for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency as the liaison to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Space. While at NIMA, he was also a staff officer for the Systems and Technology Directorate, supporting the Tasking, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination Assessment Process from October 1998 to January 2000. Mr. Kren led the U.S. Imagery and Geospatial Information Service Operational Requirements Document development for NIMA.

Mr. Kren previously served as senior adviser for Strategies and Plans to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Warfighting Support. During this time, he led the Department of Defense Remodeling Defense Intelligence initiative and establishment of Joint Intelligence Operations Centers at the combatant commands and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was also Deputy Director for the Cross Program Evaluation Directorate, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3I, supporting the assessment and evaluation of net-centric programs of the Defense Department and the intelligence community. He was a team lead for the Assistant Secretary of Defense's Success Factors Initiative. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director, International Intelligence Outreach, Intelligence Systems Support Office at Headquarters NATO, Brussels. Mr. Kren previously served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Arts degree in geography, University of Missouri
1998 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2002 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2005 Executive Leader Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. February 1987 - April 2000, systems engineer and physical scientist, Defense Mapping Agency; staff officer, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C.
2. April 2000 - April 2006, senior adviser for Strategies and Plans, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Warfighting Support; and Deputy Director for the Cross Program Evaluation Directorate, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3I, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
3. April 2006 - January 2008, Director, International Intelligence Outreach, Intelligence Systems Support Office, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., with current assignment to Headquarters NATO, Brussels, Belgium
4. January 2008 - present, Executive Director, Battlefield Information Collections Exploitations Systems Agency, Intelligence Systems Support Office, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Brussels, Belgium

AWARDS AND HONORS
2006 Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Secretary of Defense

(Current as of June 2008)

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