Selected for reassignment as Director, Civil Aviation Intelligence Analysis Center, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cantrell, a member of the Senior Intelligence Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development at the AF/A2, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to assuming this position, he was on a Joint Duty Assignment with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) as the Director of Defense Analysis. In this position he serves as the USD(I) staff lead for analytic policy, oversight, capability development, and outreach to ensure the Defense Intelligence Analytical Enterprise produces timely and relevant intelligence in support of DOD missions and customers.
Prior to assuming this position in August 2011, Mr. Cantrell served a three-year JDA as the Chief of the Global Maritime and Air Intelligence Integration (GMAII) Group within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this position, Mr. Cantrell was responsible for the development of Global Maritime, Aviation and Supply Chain intelligence policy. In addition, he also served as the cross-domain manager for the Maritime, Aviation and Global Supply Chain transmodal domains. Two of his key accomplishments in this position were the creation of National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office and the Defense Civil Air Intelligence Analysis Center.
From April 2005 until his ODNI appointment in August 2008, Mr. Cantrell was dual-hatted as the Director of the Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency and as the Director of Analysis and Estimates, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In this position, he directed and managed for the U.S. Air Force: all overhead imagery requirements and collection; interagency civil air analysis; the Global Tactics Analysis Reporting Program for Theater air components; analysis and force protection intelligence policy; tailored products for special mission support; and, National Capitol Region Sensitive Compartmented Information security automation services. In addition, he provided tailored, substantive intelligence and imagery products to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
Prior to joining the Air Staff, Mr. Cantrell was the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Intelligence Oversight) (ATSD(IO)), a position he was appointed to in June 1999. In coordination with the ATSD(IO), he was responsible to the Secretary of Defense for the independent oversight of all intelligence and intelligence-related activities in the DOD. His office ensured that all activities performed by intelligence units were conducted in accordance with federal law, Executive Orders, DOD directives, regulations and policies.
Mr. Cantrell served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1977 until he retired in 1999. While on active duty, he served as both an intelligence and a politico-military officer. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 1999 and became a member of the Senior Intelligence Executive Service in 2005.
1977 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington
1980 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1983 Master of Science, Strategic Intelligence, Defense Intelligence College, Washington, D.C.
1984 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1990 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1996 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (School of Information Warfare and Strategy), National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
1999 APEX Senior Executive Orientation Program, Washington, D.C.
2001 National Security Leadership Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
2006 Intelligence Community, Executive Leadership Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
2010 DOD Joint Executive Management Program, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill
1. May 1977 - November 1977, Student, Intelligence Precision Photographic Officers’ Course, Lowry Air AFB, Colo.
2. November 1977 - September 1980, Chief of Logistics, 62nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
3. September 1980 - March 1982, Officer in Charge of Imagery Processing, 38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Zweibrucken Airbase, Germany
4. March 1982 - August 1983, Student, Defense Intelligence College, Washington, D.C.
5. August 1983 - September 1984, Chief, Threat Penetration and Analysis Section, 6th Tactical Intelligence Group, Osan AB, South Korea
6. September 1984 - January 1986, Politico-Military Affairs Officer, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.
7. January 1986 - March 1987, Chief, Soviet Space Threat Branch, Directorate of Estimates, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
8. March 1987 - January 1989, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. January 1989 - January 1990, Student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
10. January 1990 - July 1993, Commander in Chief, United States Central Command (General Schwarzkopf and General Hoar) Trip Coordinator, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
11. July 1993 - December 1994, Chief, Acquisition Support Team, Air Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. December 1994 - August 1995, Chief, Operations Division, National Air Intelligence Center, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. August 1995 - July 1996, Student, School of Information Warfare and Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
14. July 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 607th Air Intelligence Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
15. June 1998 - June 1999, Director of Operations Applications, 497th Intelligence Group, Falls Church, Va.
1. June 1999 - April 2005, Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Intelligence Oversight), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
2. April 2005 - August 2008, Director, Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency and Director of Analysis, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
3. August 2008 - April 2009, Deputy Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Global Maritime and Air Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
4. April 2009 - August 2011, Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence (ADDNI) (ODNI reorganization changed ADDNI to Group Chief) for Global Maritime and Air Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
5. August 2011 - September 2013, Director, Defense Analysis Capabilities, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, OUSD(I), Washington, D.C.
6. September 2013 – present, Deputy Director of ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development, AF/A2, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Major Military Awards and Honors
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Major Civilian Awards and Honors
Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal
Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award
(Current as of June 2015)