Maj. Gen. Rod Isler (Ret.), Senior Member Advisory Board
Rod was the vice president and general manager for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems division at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance provides end-to-end system solutions to meet the warfighter and intelligence requirements of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and international mission partners. Solutions include all-source intelligence analysis, concepts, requirements, system development, sustainment and operational support.
Prior to his current position, Rod was vice president for the Intelligence Systems line of business, overseeing program management, multi-intelligence mission management, imagery processing, high-spec signal processing, high-performance computing, systems engineering, software development and research and development at facilities in Maryland, Virginia, California and Minnesota.
Before joining General Dynamics, Rod served as the director of operations for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) within the Department of Defense. Isler also served as the associate director of the Central Intelligence for Military Support at the Central Intelligence Agency and as the associate deputy director for operations (military support) at the National Security Agency.
Rod retired from the U.S. Army in 2002 after a 34-year military career with the rank of Major General. His significant assignments included Commander 501st Military Brigade and U.S. Forces Korea/J2 and deputy C2, Combined Forces Command; Assistance Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and Chief, Modernization Support Division for the Plans and Integration Directorate, Department of Army Staff.
Rod received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Shippensburg. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospice of the Chesapeake, member of National AFCEA Intelligence Committee, and a member of the Foundation Board of Directors for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.
Rod has been inducted into the US Army Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) as well the Military Intelligence School Hall of Fame.