Jim Garrettson, founder and chief executive officer of Executive Mosaic, presented Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), with his second consecutive Wash100 Award during Potomac Officers Club’s 6th Annual Intel Summit on Wednesday.
Executive Mosaic recognizes Lt. Gen. Ashley for leading DIA’s modernization efforts with AI, cyber and other emerging technology. We are ecstatic to present the most coveted award in government contracting to Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley.
Ashley became DIA’s 21st director in Oct. 2017. As DIA”s director, he leads 16,500 employees to provide intelligence on foreign military and operating environments. He also emphasized the agency would expand its data collection efforts to expand into the space domain and seek intelligence and information on sophisticated air, ground and sea technology platforms.
In addition, Lt. Gen. Ashley is a career army military intelligence officer with assignments in Fort Bragg, NC, Washington, DC, Fort Gordon, GA, MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Izmir, Turkey, and deployments to Operation JOINT FORGE, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.
Prior to his appointment with DIA, Ashley has served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security. He has also commanded battalion, squadron and brigade levels with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and J-2.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from Defense Intelligence College and a second master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
Lt. Gen. Ashley has won numerous awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal (2OLC), the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star Medal. Lieutenant General Ashley has also earned the Parachutist Badge, Army aviation crewmember badge, Army staff identification badge and Australian parachutist badge.
About the Wash100 Award
The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.