Mr. C. Scott Coltson was selected as the Deputy Director for Mission Services in November 2021. As the deputy director over the agency's support offices, Mr. Coltson will lead and provide guidance over critical offices, with emphasis in the areas of training and professional development, facilities and services, logistics and deployments, human resources, medical services, and security. He will also aid in leading the Agency’s efforts in complying with federal guidance in the fight against the Corona Virus global pandemic.
Mr. Coltson’s previous position was as the Associate Deputy Director for Operations/Community HUMINT in August 2020. In this role, he supported the Deputy Director, CIA and Deputy Director for Operations, CIA in their roles as National HUMINT Managers. He led and managed the HUMINT community’s large and diverse multi-agency workforce, worked jointly with members of the HUMINT community to establish and implement HUMINT standards and best practices. This included the integration of the community’s operational HUMINT capabilities through collaborative planning, targeting, and synchronized operations. Mr. Coltson also monitored and evaluated the performance and status of the HUMINT enterprise.
Prior to his appointment as Associate Deputy Director for Operations/Community HUMINT, Mr. Coltson served as the Director, Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), from August 2015 to August 2020, where he managed policy and oversight of the DIA’s global clandestine human intelligence (HUMINT) capability. He’s been a member of DIA, as both a Senior Military Officer and a civilian employee since December 2009.
Mr. Coltson is a veteran of operational and strategic planning to construct organizational change, and build engagement for individuals within the HUMINT and counterintelligence (CI) communities. Mr. Coltson has over thirty-one years of experience in HUMINT and CI operations and planning initiatives ranging from tactical performance to national-level strategy and policy development. He has an established repute in interagency and international negotiations and communications, to include overseas experience working directly with Senior Liaison Partners. A supporter of Intelligence Community (IC) partnership expansion, Integration and Collaboration across the IC is always one of Mr. Coltson’s top priorities.
Mr. Coltson retired from the US Army in 2012, serving 23 years in clandestine HUMINT and CI positions in combat zones and traditional platforms. He commanded strategic intelligence platforms in both CONUS and OCONUS locations.
Mr. Coltson was born and raised in South Florida and currently lives in Burke, Virginia. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College in Springfield, MA and a Master of Science Degree in International Relations from Troy State University in Troy, AL. He is married to the former Michelle Carr of Michigan with whom he has four children: Anthony, Joel, Sarah, and Mary.