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Brig. Gen. Gagnon is the Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, he serves as the Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Chief of Space Operations and is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Space Operations for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Space Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Director of Intelligence, United States Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
Brig. Gen. Gagnon was commissioned through ROTC from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. He is a career Intelligence Officer with an extensive background in cyberspace operations. Brig. Gen. Gagnon has commanded at the squadron, group and joint wing levels with one combat command tour in Afghanistan. He is a fully-qualified Joint Staff Officer. His staff tours include Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and U.S. Space Command. Brig. Gen. Gagnon has deployed on multiple occasions in support of joint air and special operations.
1994 Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Saint Michael’s College, Winooski, Vt.
1999 Master of Science, Defense Analysis in Information Operations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Master of National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington, D.C.
2016 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.
2021 Enterprise Leadership Program, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1. November 1994–July 1995, Student, Intelligence Training, 316th Student Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Tex.
2. August 1995–August 1996, Assistant Chief of Targets, 8th Operations Support Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
3. August 1996–May 1998, Mission Operations Commander, 13th Intelligence Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
4. June 1998–December 1999, Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
5. January 2000–March 2002, Instructor, Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
6. March 2002–December 2003, Staff Officer, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
7. January 2004–July 2005, Flight Commander, Intel Operations and Missile Operations Center, PACAF Air Intelligence Squadron, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
8. July 2005–June 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. June 2006–March 2008, Director of Operations, 607th AIS, Osan AB, South Korea
10. March 2008–July 2010, Commander, 94th Intelligence Squadron, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
11. July 2010–June 2011, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
12. August 2011–July 2012, Commander, 495th Expeditionary Intelligence Squadron, Kandahar, Afghanistan
13. August 2012–July 2014, Division Chief, Analysis and Intelligence Plans, Strategic Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Offutt AFB, Neb.
14. July 2014–July 2016, Commander, 67 Cyberspace Operations Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Tex.
15. July 2016–July 2018, Director, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
16. July 2018–July 2019, Commander, National Security Agency in San Antonio, Tex.
17. July 2019–September 2020, Director of Intelligence, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
18. September 2020–July 2022, Director of Intelligence, U.S. Space Command, Schriever AFB, Colo.
19. July 2022-present, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 2012–July 2014, Division Chief, Analysis and Intelligence Plans, Strategic Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. July 2018–July 2019, Commander, National Security Agency in Texas, San Antonio, as a colonel
3. September 2020–July 2022, Director of Intelligence, U.S. Space Command, Schriever AFB, Colo., as a brigadier general
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
“Cyberterror: Prospects and Implications,” Center of the Study of Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, Monterey, Calif., 1999
“Network-Centric Special Operations—Exploring New Operational Paradigms,” Air and Space Power Chronicles, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 2002
“Embedding Airmanship in the Cyberspace Domain,” The Cyber Defense Review, West Point, N.Y., 2016 “Space as a Warfighting Domain,” Air and Space Power Journal, Maxwell AFB, Ala., 2018
“Information Warfare, Cyberspace Objectives and the US Air Force,” Air and Space Power Journal, Maxwell AFB, Ala., 2020
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 7, 1994
First Lieutenant Aug. 2, 1996
Captain Aug. 2, 1998
Major Feb. 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008
Colonel Oct. 1, 2013
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2019
(Current as of July 2022)