Guest Speaker: Mr. Mark Clark, Director of DIA Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC)
Breakfast Begins at 7:15am, Program Starts at 7:45am
As the Director of DIA’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Mark A. Clark leads engineers and scientists in all-source scientific and technical intelligence analysis of foreign ballistic missile systems, air and missile defense systems, anti-satellite systems, anti-tank guided missile systems, directed energy weapons systems, and associated command and control systems. His mission focus is ensuring timely, accurate assessments of the characteristics, performance, operations, and vulnerabilities of foreign weapons to support Department of Defense development of effective systems, countermeasures, and survivability equipment to support our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines. Leading MSIC, a field operating activity of DIA located on Redstone Arsenal, AL, Clark also oversees all operational and infrastructure activities at the Richard C. Shelby Center for Missile Intelligence, ensuring comprehensive facility management and support for the entire DIA enterprise workforce on Redstone Arsenal. Additionally, Clark is responsible for all external Agency engagements with critical customers, such as the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Lifecycle Command, and other key partners on Redstone Arsenal.
Upon joining MSIC in 1988, Clark's first assignment was as an all-source analyst of Soviet anti-ballistic missile systems. Subsequently, he analyzed and assessed foreign anti-satellite missile systems, later serving as a ballistic missile system analyst. During his career at MSIC, he has analyzed or led the analysis of every weapon system in the MSIC mission.
From 2011-2012, Clark represented MSIC and the Defense Intelligence Ballistic Missile Analysis Committee during a joint duty assignment at the Missile Defense Agency.
A native of Fayetteville, TN, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. He served as a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University while pursuing post-graduate studies in engineering and mathematics.
Active in his local community for three decades, Clark has served as Mayor of Fayetteville, TN and as a Fayetteville Alderman. He currently serves as a member of the Fayetteville Board of Education and the Board of Directors for the Tennessee School Boards Association.
Clark and his wife, Laura, reside in Fayetteville, TN