Stanley "Stan" L. Sims
Director, Defense Security Service
Mr. Stan Sims was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS), on Dec. 5, 2010. He is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and a retired military officer.
As the Director of DSS, he leads the agency that has the mission to support national security and the warfighter, secures the nation's technological base, and oversees 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.
Prior to his assignment to DSS, Mr. Sims served as the Director of Security for the Department of Defense in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)). In that capacity, he was the senior DoD security official responsible for the development, promulgation, implementation and oversight of national and DoD-level security policies encompassing personnel, physical, industrial, information, operations, chemical/biological, special access program, and sensitive compartmented information security, as well as research and technology protection. He acted as the DoD senior performance goal leader for the personnel security reform effort, where he oversaw the Department's security and suitability metrics that support requirements of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.
A retired Army colonel and decorated combat veteran with more than 35 years of distinguished military and Federal service, Mr. Sims has served in a variety of intelligence, operations, command, and staff positions at multiple levels. Previous positions on the DoD staff include his service as Deputy Director of Warfighter Requirements & Evaluation. During his tenure, Mr. Sims implemented the Joint Intelligence Operations Center concept at all of the geographical and functional combatant commands, transforming the way the Department organizes to conduct intelligence operations throughout the warfighting commands. Before that assignment, he led OUSD(I)'s National Programs Office as the senior DoD official and focal point officer on all matters pertaining to DoD involvement in specialized activities within the National Security Council.
A native of Arkansas, Mr. Sims holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University, and Master's degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Current as of October 2014