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MAJOR GENERAL MARK W WESTERGREN

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Maj. Gen. Mark W. Westergren is the Director, Engagement and Policy, and the Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. As Engagement and Policy Director, he leads 3,000 personnel in directing, aligning and integrating NSA’s enterprise-wide global engagement and communications effort, mission compliance program, as well as policy, strategic planning and assessments. As Deputy Chief, he assists the Chief, Central Security Service, who also serves as the Director, National Security Agency, with operational control of signals intelligence missions conducted by all the military services and the Coast Guard, comprising more than 15,000 personnel.   

General Westergren received his commission through the ROTC at Syracuse University and received a Masters from Johns Hopkins University following his Olmsted Scholar tour at Seoul National University in South Korea. His career has spanned two career fields and a wide variety of operational, staff, command and joint assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and the U.S.

General Westergren has commanded at the squadron and group levels. He served as Director, Joint Operations for National Security Agency Hawaii and commanded the Air Force Technical Applications Center. He deployed for one year as the Director of Collection Management for Multi-National Forces-Iraq and orchestrated Pacific intelligence activities as the Director of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance for Pacific Air Forces. He served as the Director of ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon and then was the Director of Intelligence (J-2) at U.S. Strategic Command. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), U.S. Strategic Command, Washington D.C., recommending allocation of ISR capabilities for the Department of Defense.   

EDUCATION
1984 Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, cum laude, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, N.Y.
1989 Master of Business Administration, Finance, honor graduate, Webster Univ., N.M.
1989 Squadron Officers School, distinguished graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1993 Olmsted Scholar Program, International Relations, Seoul National University, South Korea 
1994 Master's in International Public Policy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
1996 U.S. Air Force Intelligence School, Distinguished Graduate, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2000 Air Command and Staff College, Top Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
2001 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2005 Air Force Fellow, (senior developmental education), RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif. 
2012 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1.  April 1985 – August 1988, Solid State Physicist, Air Force Weapons Lab, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2.  September 1988 – December 1990, Project Officer, Air Force Weapons Lab, Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
3.  January 1991 – November 1991, Student, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif.
4.  December 1991 – December 1993, Olmsted Scholar, Seoul National Univ., South Korea
5.  January 1994 – January 1995, Student, SAIS, Johns Hopkins Univ., Washington, D.C. (May-September: Analyst, North Korea Working Group, Department of State, Washington, D.C.)
6.  February 1995 – February 1996, Chief, Political/Economic Section, J-2, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan, South Korea 
7.  February 1996 – May 1996, Student, U.S. Air Force Intelligence School, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
8.  June 1996 – July 1999, Chief, Ballistic Missile Branch and subsequently Chief, Strategic Force Applications, National Air Intelligence Center, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9.  August 1999 – June 2000, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 2000 – July 2002, Chief, Combating Terrorism Division and Chief, Operations Division, Operations Directorate, USEUCOM Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, England
11. July 2002 – July 2004, Commander, 303rd Intelligence Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
12. July 2004 – June 2005, SDE Student, Air Force Fellow at RAND Corp., Santa Monica, Calif.
13. July 2005 – July 2006, Director of Joint Operations (J-3), National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii, Kunia City, Hawaii
14. August 2006 – May 2008, Commander, AF Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
15. June 2008 – June 2009, Director of Collection Management, CJ-2, MNF-I, Baghdad, Iraq
16. July 2009 – May 2010, Director of ISR (A2), Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
17. June 2010 – June 2012, Director of Staff and Director of ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (A2), Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
18. June 2012 – August 2014, Director of Intelligence (J-2), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
19. September 2014 – January 2016, Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), U.S. Strategic Command, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
20. February 2016 – August 2016, Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
21. September 2016 – present, Director, Engagement and Policy; and Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. February 1995 – February 1996, Chief, Political/Economic Section, J-2, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan, South Korea, as a captain
2. July 2000 – July 2002, Chief, Combating Terrorism Division and Chief, Operations Division, USEUCOM Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, England, as a lieutenant colonel
3. July 2005 – July 2006, Director of Joint Operations (J-3), National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii, Kunia City, Hawaii, as a lieutenant colonel and a colonel
4. June 2008 – June 2009, Director of Collection Management, CJ-2, MNF-I, Baghdad, Iraq, as a colonel
5. June 2012 – August 2014, Director of Intelligence, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a brigadier general
6. September 2014 – January 2016, Deputy Commander, JFCC-ISR, U.S. Strategic Command, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., as a major general
7. February 2016 – August 2016, Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md., as a major general
8. September 2016 – present, Director, Engagement and Policy; and Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md., as a major general

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal

PUBLICATION
Co-author, A Strategies-to-Tasks Framework for Planning and Executing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, 2007.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1991 Korean Consul's Award for highest GPA in Korean program at Defense Language Institute
2000 Commandant’s Excellence Award as #1 Graduate, Air Command and Staff College
2004 Letter of Commendation from the Minister of Defense, South Korea
2004 Army’s Knowlton Award for Intelligence Excellence (awarded by U.S. Forces Korea)

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Dec. 19, 1984
First Lieutenant Feb. 10, 1987
Captain Feb. 10, 1989
Major Oct. 1, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2000
Colonel Feb. 1, 2006
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2011
Major General Oct. 3, 2014

(Current as of May 2017)

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