Dr. Nathan Hodge has been with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for fourteen years; before that, he was a Lockheed Martin contractor for a year-and-a-half after serving 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is currently a Senior Intelligence Officer on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, having previously served as the Joint Staff Directorate of Intelligence’s Chief of Collection Operations. During his long career, he has worked intelligence systems and architecture issues in DIA, AFRICOM, and the Air Force along with three years in the DIA Directorate of Operations’ Office of Technical Operations.
One of Africa Command’s founding members in 2009, Dr. Hodge was responsible for getting intelligence collection aircraft and basing into Western and Central Africa for the first time – managing a program targeted at violent extremist organizations. The effort coordinated intelligence operations with African partners – this information identified operating locations and individuals so partners could successfully engage groups including Al-Qaeda, Lord’s Resistance Army, Al-Shabaab, and Islamic State.
He developed assessments, strategies, concepts, and policy options for the USAF Chief of Staff, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense while on the Air Staff and at the premier Air Force operational think tank, Checkmate. The briefings and papers were subsequently frequently presented to the President, National Security Council, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, House Appropriations Committee on Defense, and/or the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
At the Pentagon from 2001 to 2004, he was on the interagency team that developed plans to investigate possible Iraqi weapons of mass destruction programs by seizing equipment, materials, and documents from suspected sites – often ahead of conventional combat units’ arrival. He subsequently deployed to the Iraq Survey Group as a manager in one of the two Combined Media Processing Centers where he helped collect evidence used to prosecute former regime leadership. This was the third of his deployments to the Middle East. He has lived in Germany, the UK, and Japan and travels extensively.
Originally trained as an Imagery analyst, he has eighteen years of experience in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) covering a variety of portfolios including Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, ballistic missiles, and counter terrorism. He also has an extensive background in collection management, targeting, support to special operations, and development of future intelligence systems and concepts. Dr. Hodge has worked in multiple agencies, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, on the Air Staff. He also taught GEOINT and Collection Management at the British Defence Intelligence Service Centre and lectured on Battle Damage Assessment and Targeting at the UK Air War College.
His hobbies and interests include world travel, oil painting (portraits and figures), sculpting (clay and polymer), stained glass work (modern), photography, history, fashion, music, and art. He also enjoys woodworking, model making, and classic and modern sports cars.
Dr. Hodge was the first IWP student to complete the Doctor of Statecraft and National Security program.