Gregory Elder, Adjunct Faculty

Gregory Elder is the Chief Historian at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the content manager for the DIA Museum, working in collaboration with Smithsonian Exhibits. Using established partnerships with National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the International Spy Museum, and others, he also plays an important role in bringing the critical role Defense Intelligence plays in national security to millions of people each year. He oversees the Defense Intelligence Battlefield Staff Ride Program and developed a twenty-part lecture series on intelligence lessons learned in the Civil War. Outside of his official positions, he is a consultant for the Hulu network’ multi-Emmy Award-winning drama series The Handmaid’s Tale and an adjunct lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Advanced Academic Programs, where he teaches Defense Intelligence in War and Peace.

Prior to taking the Chief Historian position, Mr. Elder held positions in DIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as an executive intelligence briefer, advanced tradecraft instructor, Deputy Defense Intelligence Officer for the Homeland, and senior intelligence analyst.  He was the recipient of four ODNI and several DIA awards.  Mr. Elder additionally spent two years in the Office of Naval Intelligence and five in the Surface Warfare Directorate, Chief of Naval Operations overseeing the U.S. Navy’s largest international programs – the NATO and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles.

Mr. Elder holds a Master’s degree in Government from Northeastern University, where he was a resident scholar, and both a Master’s degree in Security Studies and a diploma in command and staff from the United States Naval War College, where he graduated with distinction.  He completed additional graduate studies at the National Intelligence University, Norwich University, and the University of Maryland.  He holds more than twenty certifications from the Academy of Defense Intelligence, Joint Military Intelligence Training Center, OPM Center for Leadership Development, National Museum of the United States Air Force, International Standards Organization, and the Jefferson School of Philosophy, Economics, and Psychology.