Charles N. "Pete" Peterson, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is the Senior Technical Adviser, Intelligence Systems Support Office, Fort Washington, Md. The ISSO supports the initiatives and activities of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is the principal adviser to the Director, ISSO, for assessing technical and operational risks, mitigating strategies, and determining operational efficacy to meet information and applied technology intelligence requirements.
Mr. Peterson, a native of Richmond, Va., began his career with the Air Force in 1965 as a weapons mechanic. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, he cross-trained into air traffic control radar maintenance. He was selected for the Airman's Education and Commissioning Program, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. He was subsequently commissioned through Officer Candidate School. In 1982 he was selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology where he received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.
Mr. Peterson retired in September 1989 after 23 years active-duty service. He joined Ball System's Engineering Operation and provided support to the Defense Evaluation Support Activity and National Assessment Group at Kirtland AFB, N.M. In 2002, Mr. Peterson began working at the Intelligence Systems Support Office as a program manager engineer. He was appointed as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader in 2010.
1977 Associate degree in ground radar technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville
1983 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. January 1966 - January 1969, weapons mechanic, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany
2. January 1969 - August 1970, NCOIC, Weapons Release, Langley AFB, Va.
3. September1 970 - September 1971, weapons mechanic, Bien Hoa, South Vietnam
4. October 1971 - June 1972, student, Air Traffic Control Radar Maintenance School, Keesler AFB, Miss.
5. June 1972 - November 1973, ATC repairman, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. December 1973 - May 1977, ATC radar maintenance instructor, Keesler AFB, Miss.
7. June 1977 - May 1979, student, Mississippi State University, Starkville
8. August 1979 - May 1982, electronic warfare officer, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
9. June 1982 - December 1983, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. December 1983 - June 1984, electronic warfare officer, Data Link Vulnerability Analysis Joint Test Force, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
11. June 1984 - September 1987, special communications officer, Space Technology Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
12. September 1987 - September 1989, space logistics analyst, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
13. September 1989 - February 2002, engineering line manager, Ball Systems Engineering Operations, Albuquerque, N.M.
14. February 2002 - September 2007, technical adviser, ISSO, Fort Washington, Md.
15. September 2007 - March 2010, Technical Director, ISSO, Fort Washington, Md.
16. March 2010 - present, Senior Technical Adviser, ISSO, Fort Washington, Md.
(Current as of July 2010)