Major General Chuck Scanlon (ret.) is president of Scantec, Ltd., a defense and international security consulting firm. During his 35 year military career, he served in combat with the 101st Airbourne Division in Vietnam and at posts in Europe, the Far East, and in the Pentagon. He was the Department of Defense’s senior officer for developing national intelligence estimates used by the president and the National Security Council for the formulation of U.S. foreign policy.
Scanlon was the first director of operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and headed the defense attache system for four years. In his most senior post with the U.S. Army, Scanlon led the intelligence and security command. He served in numerous key leadership, management, and operational intelligence and security positions working with the Army, DIA, CIA, FBI, DEA, the State Department, and many foreign military and government officials. Scanlon earned commendations from the secretary of defense, the director of central intelligence, and the Army leadership for profoundly improving the operational linkages to all agencies in the United States’ intelligence community, and for crafting doctrinal, resource, technology, and systems strategies related to the national military strategy and the restructuring of the U.S. Armed Forces. He was elected to the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in 1995.
Author of The Attaches, Attaches II Retribution, and In Defense of the Nation—DIA at Forty Years, Scanlon holds a BA in political science from the University of Florida and an MA in American and Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1992.