Staying Committed to the DIA's People and Its Mission

Staying Committed to the DIA's People and Its Mission

Staying Committed to the DIA’s People and Its Mission

On June 24, INSA's President, Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg, sat down with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Deputy Director, Suzanne White, for a discussion on the future of telework, DIA’s priorities, and leadership lessons.

Ms. White echoes others in observing the pandemic will change the way the IC conducts business. She detailed how her agency responded to this "new normal" and how much her team has accomplished in an unclassified setting. Ms. White said the agency is planning "Phase 2" for bringing employees back to work. This will be a measured approach based on current events and will include measures ranging from shift work to daily temperature checks. Despite battling a global pandemic, Ms. White notes that the mission never ends. Emphasis on mission is how she believes DIA can continue to recruit skilled professionals despite competition from the private sector.

Play It Back!

Teamwork is a core value to Ms. White and she believes effective communication is vital to her organization's success. Ms. White emphasized that her priority is ensuring that her people do not feel forgotten while they work from home, as this is a natural response in isolation, and she relies on local leaders to help enforce that team feeling. Ms. White also took a moment to thank industry partners who have been critical in supporting the DIA team throughout the pandemic.

Caroline Henry

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