Dr. Mark Laurent Asselin was appointed Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for Cyber Issues in Septen1ber 2017. On a joint duty assignment from the National Security Agency, he serves as the senior advisor on cyber issues to the Director, DIA, and to the Director for Analysis (DJ) in his role as the Functional Manager of Intelligence (FI\11/A), and as the Director’s and FM/A’s representative on senior cyber forums within DoD, the IC, the NSC, and with foreign allies. He leads cyber intelligence integration across the global Defense Intelligence All-Source Analysis Enterprise.
Prior to being selected the DIO for Cyber Issues, Dr. Asselin served as the Acting Deputy Chief of NSA’s Office of Counterintelligence and Cyber (CIC), leading a fast-paced, dynamic organization responsible for detecting, characterizing, attributing, and evaluating counterintelligence (CI) and cyber threats from foreign adversaries to U.S. national security.
Before entering on duty at NSA in 2000, Dr. Asselin taught Chinese language, literature and culture at Lewis & Clark College and then at the University of Minnesota. At NSA, after working as a Chinese language analyst, he was appointed technical leader for a new SIGINT support to CJ mission, and subsequently served as a branch chief deputy division chief: and division chief in that mission area. In 2010, he was asked to stand up a new division targeting foreign commercial threats. 1’he following year, he served as the NSA Senior Liaison to a CIA NCS division. In 2013, he was nan1ed to be the first chief of the Office of China and East Asia Cyber Analysis in the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center, and then, with the onset of NSA21, established and led CTC’s East Asia and Pacific Division.
Dr. Asselin received a B.A. in mass co1nn1unications fron1 the University of Washington in 1980. He earned Master’s Degrees in fine arts history fro1n the University of Colorado in Boulder and in Asian languages and literature fron1 the University of Washington. He \Vas granted a Ph.D. in Asian languages and literature (Chinese) from the University of Washington in 1997, and has since published in the field, including a book in 2010. Among his awards and honors is a 2008 ODNI Galileo Award for his proposal to adapt a virtual marketplace construct to IC product dissemination.
Born in Biddeford, Maine, Dr. Asselin grew up in central Vermont. He resides in Bethesda with his Wife, Son Vuong, a State Department architect. Their daughter, Sydney Asselin, is a Carnegie Mellon University student. An old greyhound, Sofrito, completes the household. Dr. Asselin is a candidate for the diaconate for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.