Caryn Wagner is currently a consultant and speaker on national and homeland security intelligence issues. From February 2010 to December 2012, she served as the Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security. In that capacity, she was the senior intelligence advisor to the Secretary; the Department’s Chief Intelligence Officer and Chair of the Homeland Security Intelligence Council, comprised of the chiefs of all the intelligence elements of the Department’s operating components; and the Information Sharing Executive for the Department. Ms. Wagner made significant progress during her tenure in establishing repeatable business processes, improving basic intelligence tradecraft, and maturing information sharing relationships with the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Network of Fusion Centers operated by State and local partners. Immediately prior to her confirmation, Ms. Wagner served on the Intelligence agency review team of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and as an instructor in Intelligence Community management for The Intelligence and Security Academy, LLC.
Before being recalled to government service, Ms. Wagner retired from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on October 1, 2008, where she served at various times as Budget Director, Cyber Security Coordinator, and Staff Director for the Sub-committee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence. Prior to that, Ms. Wagner served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as an Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Management and the first Chief Financial Officer for the National Intelligence Program (NIP). She had previously served as the Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs (EXDIR/ICA), directing the Intelligence Community Management Staff, which provided strategic planning, policy formulation, program assessment and budget oversight for the Intelligence Community until the creation of the Office of the DNI in 2004.
Prior to becoming the EXDIR/ICA, Ms. Wagner spent more than seven years at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), serving as the senior Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Representative to United States European Command (USEUCOM) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and as the DIA Deputy Director for Analysis and Production, responsible for providing tailored, all-source military intelligence analysis support to the Combatant Commands; the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the Secretary of Defense.
Ms. Wagner was also an associate at Booz-Allen and Hamilton for several years, working in the areas of national support to military operations, intelligence planning, and systems architecture development. She began her intelligence career as a Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Officer in the United States Army for eight years, serving in Arizona, Texas, and Germany.
Ms. Wagner received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1979, and a Master of Science in Systems Management with a focus on Information Systems from the University of Southern California in 1987. Ms. Wagner was born in Columbus, Georgia on September 22, 1957. Her home is in Arlington, VA and she is married to Carlyle Lash.