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David Shedd
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Official DIA portrait of Deputy Director Shedd
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (acting)

In office
August, 2014 – January, 2015
President Barack Obama
Deputy Doug Wise
Preceded by LTG Michael T. Flynn
Succeeded by LtGen Vincent R. Stewart
Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

In office
August, 2010 – August, 2014
President Barack Obama
Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy, Plans, and Requirements

In office
May 2007 – August 2010
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Robert Cardillo
Personal details
Alma mater Georgetown University
Geneva College

David R. Shedd is a retired U.S. intelligence officer whose final post was as the acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[1] He is a former Central Intelligence Agency operative. According to Obama's Wars, a 2010 book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, CIA Director Michael Hayden used Shedd, then Deputy Director of National Intelligence, to physically demonstrate to President-elect Barack Obama the mildness of enhanced interrogation techniques, softly slapping and shaking him.[2]

Education and early career

Shedd holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and a M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies. From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Shedd was posted overseas in the U.S. embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico.[citation needed] Shedd has held a variety of senior management assignments including Chief of Congressional Liaison at the Central Intelligence Agency.[citation needed]

Executive career

Shedd served from May 2007 to August 2010 as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, where he oversaw the formulation and implementation of major Intelligence Community (IC) policies from information sharing and IC authorities to analytic standards, among others. In particular, he led the review of Executive Order 12333, the foundational U.S. intelligence policy, which was revised by President George W. Bush in July 2008. Shedd also developed and implemented a National Intelligence Strategy, published in August 2009 for the IC and led strategic planning efforts to determine intelligence priorities for the IC and the nation.

From May 2005 to April 2007, Shedd served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. Before the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Shedd held intelligence policy positions at the National Security Council (NSC) from February 2001 to May 2005. He served most recently as the NSC’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform. Shedd helped implement intelligence reform stemming from the 9/11 Commission report in July 2004, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission’s report to the President in March 2005.

Shedd was named Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2010. In this capacity, he assists the Director’s management of more than 16,500 employees worldwide.


  1. Defense Intelligence Agency. David. R Shedd.
  2. Bob Woodward. Obama's Wars. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010, page 54 - "David, stand up please," Hayden said to David Shedd, the DNI’s deputy director for policy. Shedd rose. Hayden gently slapped his face, then shook the deputy DNI. It was as rough as what might happen in "Little League football," Hayden said.

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