AFCEA Quantico-Potomac is pleased to host a luncheon on Friday, February 23, 2024. The guest speaker will be Ms. Leila Gardner. Ms. Gardner is the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Information and Assistant Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Marine Corps.
The venue will be the Cyber Bytes Foundation in the Quantico Corporate Center.
1200-1300 Speaker Remarks
Ms. Leila Gardner
Assistant Deputy Commandant for Information and Assistant Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Ms. Gardner is the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Information and the Assistant Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Marine Corps. Ms Gardner is responsible for the development of policies; the provision of staff supervision for intelligence, counterintelligence, and signals intelligence throughout the Marine Corps; sensitive compartmented information (SCI) security matters within the Marine Corps; coordination of Marine Corps activities in surveillance and reconnaissance; intelligence staff support of the Marine Corps Headquarters; Marine Corps intelligence programming and resourcing; and liaison with foreign military attaches. The mission of DCI is to develop and supervise plans, policies, and strategy for all Information Environment Operations (IEO) related activities and to identify requirements for IEO doctrine, manpower, training, education, and equipment in order to support the Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTF). Ms. Gardner leads the Executive Staff and the DCI divisions and is responsible for direction and oversight of the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE), Communications, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4), the Intelligence Oversight of the Marine Corps TENCAP Program, and provides professional intelligence management and policy support to assist the Director of Intelligence (DIRINT) and the Deputy Commandant for Information (DCI) in the conduct of Marine Corps Intelligence activities within the Marine Corps, Defense, and National Intelligence Communities. She serves as the Deputy Head of the Intelligence Community Element (HICE), the Security Senior Executive for the Marine Corps, and the Marine Corps Senior Language Authority.
Prior to her selection as the Assistant Director of Intelligence, she served as the USMC Intelligence Mission Manager and advised the DCI, the DIRINT, and the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE) on all aspects of strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence, including current and future programs. While on a Joint Duty Assignment with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Ms. Gardner was the Deputy Research Director for Military Capabilities from September 2018-September 2019 and from February 2017 to August 2018, she served at the Mission Manager for Europe Eurasia at DIA. From October 2019 to October 2020 Ms. Gardner spent a year on active duty as a Navy Commander as a Defense Liaison to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense-Intelligence at RAF Wyton’s Pathfinder Five Eyes Facility. Prior to joining DIA on a Joint Duty Assignment in February 2017, she was the Senior Advisor to the Director of Intelligence for Analysis and Production, Headquarters Marine Corps. In that position she represented the Marine Corps as the senior intelligence analyst and provided policy and management guidance on intelligence analysis and production in order to assist the Director of Intelligence in the conduct of Service Intelligence activities within the Marine Corps, Defense, and National Intelligence Communities.
Ms. Gardner was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader (DISL) in September 2011. Her areas of responsibility include Advancing Analysis across the Marine Intelligence Enterprise, the Unified Intelligence Strategies, National Intelligence Estimates, and strategic planning. She was assigned to the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) from 2000-2010 where she held various analytic and leadership positions including threat analysis and regional specialist. Her areas of concentration included cultural intelligence, irregular warfare, and the need to utilize open source material to provide intelligence products at the lowest classification level. In October 2010 she assumed the duties as the N2, Director of Analysis, for the KENNEDY Irregular Warfare Center at the Office of Naval Intelligence.
Ms. Gardner began her intelligence career in 2000 at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity where she served in a number of analytic positions including the Balkans, Horn of Africa, and Russia regional analysis. In addition to her duties as Senior Associate Mission Manager, Ms. Gardner is a commissioned intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. She was commissioned in 2003 after having served 10 years as an enlisted Marine Corps intelligence specialist in the Marine Corps Reserve. Her personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service medal, Joint Service Commendation medal (two oak leaves in lieu of third award), Navy Commendation medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Joint Service Achievement medal and Navy Marine Corps Achievement medal.
Ms. Gardner is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Master of Science in Military Studies degree from Marine Corps Command and Staff College. She received her Intelligence Community Officer designation in 2009.