Marcel Lettre

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(bureaucrat, spook)
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BornMarcel John Lettre, II
Alma materSewanee: The University of the South, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members 2
Was principal intelligence advisor to the US Secretary of Defense

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In office
December 16, 2015 - January 20, 2017

Marcel Lettre is a former United States federal government official. He was the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence from December 2015 to January 2017, after which he took a well-paid job for Lockheed Martin.

Early life

Marcel Lettre graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South.[1] He earned a master's degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[1]


From 2005-2009, Lettre served as Senior Defense and Intelligence Advisor and then as Senior National Security Advisor to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, handling all “Gang of Eight” intelligence matters for the Leader. In this role he shaped national security legislation and intelligence policy initiatives, and supported securing passage of the annual defense and intelligence authorization bills, appropriations bills, and war supplementals; and handled Senate confirmation of senior defense and intelligence officials.[2]

Lettre was nominated as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence by President Barack Obama on August 5, 2015.[3][4] He was confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2015,[1] and he stepped down in January 2017.

As Under Secretary, he exercised authority, direction, and control on behalf of the Secretary of Defense over all intelligence and security organizations within the Department of Defense, including the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Defense Security Service and the intelligence components of the combatant commands and military services.[5]

Lettre now works for Lockheed Martin.[6]