Lieutenant General Scott D. Berrier, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Lieutenant General Scott D. Berrier

Director, Defense Intelligence Agency 

Scott David Berrier holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a Master of Science in General Studies from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin. 

His military career has been centered on intelligence, with assignments as Director of Intelligence, Special Operations Chairman Central, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Qatar. He was also Commander of the 10th Military Intelligence Battalion also in Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff, intelligence, International Security Assistance Force, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Deputy Director with U.S. Forces Afghanistan and Freedom Sentinel. 

He was confirmed by the Senate to be the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in July 2020. 

Berrier and his wife Annie have two sons. 

In the News…

Chinese President Xi Jinping is watching closely how Russia’s war in Ukraine unfolds and the global response as Beijing weighs the risks of taking over Taiwan. Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, along with Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. 

“The Chinese are going to watch this very, very carefully,” Lt. General Berrier told the committee. “It’s going to take some time for them to sort out all elements of—diplomatic, information, military, economic—that have occurred with this crisis.” 

He and DNI Haines agreed that it is too soon to tell what lessons China is taking away from the U.S.-led global response against Russia, between the coordinated sanctions imposed by allies in Europe and the Group of Seven nations, isolation at the United Nations, and the success of Ukraine’s military. 

“They’re thinking about future operations probably against Taiwan and how difficult that might be. They’re probably also thinking about the scrutiny they would come under should they entertain thoughts or operations like that,” the lieutenant general said. 


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