Doug W. Poole


Doug W. Poole retired from DEA in October 2018. He was appointed Chief of Intelligence for DEA in September 2015, the latest position in a distinguished career at DEA that spanned more than 25 years. As Chief of Intelligence he was in charge of DEA’s Intelligence Division, with an annual budget of more than $100 million and approximately 1,300 employees, including more than 800 Intelligence Analysts, assigned to locations across the United States and around the world. He also oversaw the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), and was the senior DEA representative to the United States Intelligence Community. As the Chief of Intelligence he represented DEA on numerous State/Local law enforcement committees and served as DEA’s Senior Point of Contact for the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group.

Before being named Chief of Intelligence, Mr. Poole served DEA as the Deputy Chief of Intelligence for five years. He was named to the Senior Executive Service in 2007 as the Deputy
Assistant Administrator for National Security Intelligence. Prior to this position he led DEA’s Intelligence Policy and Liaison Section, responsible for managing and developing policies for DEA’s Intelligence Program, including high-level information sharing and exchange initiatives. Mr. Poole also served as chief of DEA’s Data Management Unit located at DEA’s headquarters in the Office of Special Intelligence, overseeing DEA, Department of Defense, and contract personnel who received, processed, and analyzed time-sensitive data in support of DEA’s Special Operations Division and other DEA components.

Mr. Poole also served DEA in the field, including in DEA’s Atlanta Field Division where from 2000 to 2003 he supervised the Metropolitan Atlanta Joint Intelligence Group (MAJIG) of the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. The MAJIG was comprised of personnel from five different federal, state, and local agencies, providing intelligence support to enforcement groups operating within the Atlanta HIDTA. Mr. Poole also served as a member DEA’s Executive Policy and Strategic Planning Staff; Chief of DEA’s Interagency Policy and Liaison Unit; and as an Intelligence Analyst beginning in 1991.

Prior to coming to DEA, Mr. Poole worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Annapolis on various engineering research projects; for the Naval Research Laboratory in the field of nuclear research; and in sales and marketing for major corporations in the technology/industrial arena. Mr. Poole has a Master of Arts in International Relations, as well as a Bachelor of General Studies in General Engineering Technology, with a minor in Global Affairs, both from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is also a member of the US Naval Academy Class of 1980.