Troy L. Littles

Executive Director, Defense Security Service

Troy L. LittlesMr. Troy L. Littles, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, is currently the Executive Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS).

The DSS mission is to support national security and the warfighter by securing the nation's technological base, and overseeing the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information in the hands of industry. DSS accomplishes this mission by: Clearing industrial facilities, personnel and associated information systems; collecting, analyzing and providing threat information to industry and government partners; managing foreign ownership, control and influence in cleared industry; providing advice and oversight to industry; delivering security education and training; and, providing information technology services that support the industrial security mission of DoD and its partner agencies.

As the Executive Director, Mr. Littles exercises leadership by managing, directing, and coordinating day-to-day operations of the agency. He is responsible for interpreting and implementing higher level policies and regulations that directly shape and improve DSS operations and customer interaction throughout the agency. As an advisor to Director, Deputy Director and seniors and DSS staff, he provides advice and assistance on a variety of matters which are typically complex, technical, sensitive, multifunctional and broad in scope and impact. In close coordination with the Deputy Director, he develops short and long term plans for DSS by establishing program objectives and identifying required resources in order to promote an efficient, economical and progressive organization.

He was named the Chief of Staff for DSS in November 2015, and prior to assuming that position, Mr. Littles served as the Executive Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff. He functioned as the corporate change agent and principal advisor and consultant to the DSS Director, Deputy Director and Chief of Staff.

A decorated combat veteran, Mr. Littles had a distinguished military career, serving in a variety of progressively responsible leadership positions as an Army Military Intelligence Officer and an Information Operations Functional Area (FA 30) Officer. Mr. Littles retired from the United States Army in 2009 after completing his tour as the Chief of Information Operations (J39), North American Aerospace Defense Command/United States Northern Command. He is the recipient of numerous combat, Joint, NATO and Army awards and decorations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Littles holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood University and Master of Science degree from Kansas State University.

Current as of October 2018