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Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
Strategic Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Defense
Scott Taylor is a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army and a Strategic Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He earned his MPA/MAIR from Maxwell in 2006, and also holds a MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College and a BS in International Environmental Studies from Rutgers University. Originally from Long Valley, NJ, he now lives in Springfield, VA.
The Defense Intelligence Agency is a Department of Defense combat support agency and an important member of the United States Intelligence Community. With more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide, DIA is a major producer and manager of foreign military intelligence. DIA serves as the DoD lead for coordinating intelligence support to meet Combatant Command requirements; leads efforts to align analysis, collection, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities with all operations; and links and synchronizes Military, Defense, and National Intelligence capabilities
In Scott's role as a Strategic Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, he performs a full range of all-source intelligence analysis and production related to worldwide terrorist threats and counterterrorism issues involving the intentions and capabilities of transnational terrorist groups against DoD forces worldwide. He is responsible for in-depth analysis and production of intelligence assessments for use by Combatant Commands, the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Intelligence Community and other national-level agencies.
Prior to this role, Scott was commissioned into the United States Army in January 1996. His Army career has spanned more than 15 years, including serving as a Company Fire Support Officer and then a Platoon Leader in the Republic of Korea; acting as an Assistant Operations Officer in the Office of Secretary of the General Staff and then Assistant Brigade Fire Support Officer in Fort Hood, Texas; and assignment to Fort Drum, New York as a Battalion Fire Support Officer and then deployed to Uzbekistan and then Afghanistan shortly after Sept. 11, 2011, where his battalion participated in Operation ANACONDA. Upon returning to the United States, Scott assumed command of Echo Battery, 7th Field Artillery and deployed a second time to Afghanistan.
After Maxwell, he reported to the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York where he served as the Deputy Director of the Combating Terrorism Center and an Assistant Professor of American Politics, Policy and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences. After West Point, he attended the National Defense Intelligence College before being assigned to the Defense Combating Terrorism Center, Defense Intelligence Agency in March 2011.
Scott credits his time at Maxwell for making him a better Army officer. He shares, "The courses at Maxwell prepared me to think strategically and introduced me to numerous analytic techniques that I use in my work today. The world-class programs, like the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, provided me with tremendous opportunities that enhanced what I learned in the classroom. While at Maxwell I was a founding member of the Student Association on Terrorism and Security Analysis (SATSA) and worked with the National Security Studies program, a part of Maxwell's Executive Education program."
His advice for current students? "Take advantage of the opportunity to take courses outside your traditional comfort zone. While I was at Maxwell I was fortunate to take several courses at the College of Law. I was then able to complete a Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies."