The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) announced that effective January 18, retired Marine Maj. Gen. Daniel Lecce will take over as the agency’s deputy director.

Lecce, who has served as a judge advocate for the past seven-and-a-half years, will work under and as the principal advisor to DCSA Director William Lietzau. DCSA said Lecce’s selection came after an extensive search process that included a call for nominations from across the Department of Defense.

“Mr. Lecce is a tested executive with significant experience leading large and complex organizations. He has experience driving strategic change and posturing organizations to achieve goals and meet future demands,” DCSA said in the announcement. “He is a leader who also brings extensive experience managing personnel, budgets, and information technology requirements, top priorities for DCSA.”

Lecce comes to the DCSA from the Marine Corps, where he served as a staff judge advocate to the commandant from 2018 until September 2021. Before that, Lecce served as the assistant judge advocate general of the Navy for Military Justice. In his role with the Marine Corps, Lecce was responsible for giving the Commandant legal advice on strategic issues like cyber law, intelligence operations law, and intelligence oversight, according to the release.

“His proven record and demonstrated leadership skills make him ideally suited to help lead DCSA’s transformation into the future,” DCSA said.

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