DLA Intel chief, U.S. Pacific Command leaders discuss latest threats, travel rules, more

By DLA Intelligence Pacific

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Could you be putting yourself or the Defense Logistics Agency at risk on social media?

Is someone you know accessing restricted areas after hours?

Are you up to speed on the new rules for some employees on unofficial travel outside the United States?

Insider threats and foreign travel were just two topics Stephanie Samergedes, the director of DLA Intelligence, discussed with the commanders and directors of all DLA field activities, in her June visit to DLA Pacific headquarters at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

Samergedes is in charge of intelligence, counterintelligence, information security, operations security, personnel security, foreign disclosure and special programs for DLA.

Detecting insider threats is a major priority for DLA Intelligence. Signs of potential insider threats include:

  • Information posted on social media that indicates issues with the co-workers or family;
  • Access to unauthorized areas outside of normal work hours;
  • Unexplained disposable income such as buying expensive items while complaining about finances.

Any employee who knows of someone displaying any of these possible signs of an insider threat should report them to the local DLA Intelligence representative or senior leader.

The group also discussed intelligence reporting and analysis, counterintelligence and the new Security Executive Agent Directive 3, “Reporting Requirement for Personnel With Access to Classified Information or Who Hold a Sensitive Position.” 

SEAD 3 mandates that all covered personnel with access to report all unofficial foreign travel and all foreign contacts. (See this recent article for more information.) 

Samergedes acknowledged that this can be difficult for personnel who have daily contact with foreign nationals, such as many employees in DLA Pacific. However, most of the reporting requirements are not new; SEAD 3 provides clarification and specific guidance. 

In addition, Samergedes met with senior officials from U.S. Pacific Command Intelligence, the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade and the Army 8th Theater Sustainment Command. The group discussed intelligence and counterintelligence reports and products, as well as current capabilities and how these organizations might fulfill DLA Pacific’s requirements for more real-time intelligence, counterintelligence and insider-threat information. 

She also shared intelligence and counterintelligence products DLA Intelligence publishes daily and discussed the potential for more DLA Intelligence support to DLA Pacific. 

The senior leaders praised the current support from DLA Intelligence, and Samergedes was happy to see how well DLA Intelligence personnel have integrated themselves into DLA Pacific. She promised to continue to look for ways to improve the products and services DLA Intelligence provides.