Melissa A. Drisko

Deputy Director


Ms. Drisko assumed her role as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in August 2016. In this capacity, she assists the Director’s management of a workforce with more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide. Prior to assuming this position, she was the Director for Rank-in-Person Implementation at DIA.

An intelligence professional since 1981, Ms. Drisko has completed assignments of increasing complexity in a range of posts. These included service as a manpower officer with Naval Intelligence Headquarters, Indications & Warning watchstander with the Navy Operational Intelligence Center, current intelligence officer with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, aide to the Director of Naval Intelligence, and Soviet submarine readiness analyst with the Office of Naval Intelligence.

In subsequent positions, Ms. Drisko managed the programming and budgeting office at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), followed by a three-year assignment as the Command Operations officer at ONI. She also served for four years in the Directorate of Operations, Central Intelligence Agency, before joining DIA in October 2004 as the Chief of the Community Enterprise Office within the Directorate for Analysis. She later became the Deputy Chief Financial Executive at DIA in November 2007. Beginning in April 2009, she served as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence until her return to DIA in September 2010. She subsequently served as the Vice Deputy Director for Collection Management/the Deputy Defense Collection Manager, followed by her assignment as DIA’s Chief of Staff and then as Director for Science and Technology until August 2015 when she assumed responsibility for Rank-in-Person implementation.

Ms. Drisko is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (1981) and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in May 1981.