Patrick M. Hughes

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired)
President, PMH Enterprises LLC


LTG Patrick Hughes is a great leader who has served at many levels of the military, including the Army, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and at the Department of Homeland Security as the Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis (Intelligence).  This page is dedicating to highlighting his professional career and lessons learned.  Below you will find his stories, photos, biography, and some of his most recent writings.


LTG Hughes at 50th Annv of CIA

In American Military You Can Grow – PVT to LT General Hughes

The journey of Private P.M.Hughes, Medic to Director of Defense Intelligence Agency and Lt General.

Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes retired from the United States Army on 30 September 1999 after more than 35 years of military service, beginning as an enlisted soldier and combat medic on 2 January 1962. His last active duty assignment was Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a position he held for 3 and ½ years. Other positions of responsibility included Director of Intelligence (J-2), the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence (J-2), U.S. Central Command; Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Agency; Commander, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade with service in the Republic of Korea; and Commander, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion, 9th Infantry Division (High Technology Test Bed), Fort Lewis, WA. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving both as an infantry platoon leader with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta and on a second tour as an intelligence program advisor in RVN Military Region III. He has served in other conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe. He also served as the “plank holder” Assistant Secretary for Information & Analysis (Intelligence) at the Department of Homeland Security. Following retirement from active duty LTG Hughes ran his own private consulting firm (which he continues to operate), and was subsequently employed by L-3 Communications Corporation for 7 years, retiring from L-3 in June 2011. He has visited 127 countries, has had the benefit of extensive military education and training, including 9666 training at Fort Holabird, MD, training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School & Center, and training in two languages (Vietnamese and Korean). He has been awarded 3 Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal for combat air operations, the Army Commendation Medal for valor, the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutist Badge, 2 awards of the National Intelligence Medal, and the CIA Director’s Award. He is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. He graduated from Montana State University (BS) and Central Michigan University (MA), and has been twice awarded honorary Doctorates. He has been married for more than 53 years to Karlene Kay (Nuber) Hughes. Pat and Karlene are Montana natives. They have two grown children.

New Articles and Thoughts by LTG Hughes

Military Review Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, U.S. Army, Retired, published in Military Review, March – April 2016

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The Dilemmas of Terrorism Revisited Updated 4-8-16 by LTG Hughes

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What’s Around the Bend? by LTG Hughes 2015  (This is an illustrated paper.)

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The Dilemmas of Terrorism
Statement of Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes Before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs: “Assessing America’s Counterterrorism Capabilities”
Global Threats and Challenges to the United States and Its Interests Abroad
Needed: A Champion for the FAO Community
Testimony of Patrick M. Hughes Before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Statement of Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes, USA, RET., Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Foreword for Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments
Open Sources and Intelligent Solutions
A Primer on the Future Threat, The Decades Ahead: 1999-2020
Statement and Testimony of Patrick M. Hughes on the Hearing Before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate


Defense Intelligence Agency Bio
Wikipedia Bio
Army Bio
Retirement of Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes
Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Joins Hazelwood Street Consultants, LLC
The DIA-DIAA Partnership
PMH Enterprises
ZoomInfo Bio
North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons May Weigh 650-750 kg
Defense Intelligence Agency, 35 Years, A Brief History
The OSS Society Journal: David Cohen, Tom Higgins, and LTG Patrick Hughes elected to The OSS Society’s Board of Directors
United States Congressional Serial Set, Serial No. 15017, Senate Reports Nos. 356-369
Wesley Clark: Ukraine Must Be Armed Right Now
Thoughts on Unconventional Threats and Terrorism
PN852 — Maj. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes — Army
Briefing from Ukraine’s Front Lines
National Security Advisory Council

PDFs Located on This Site

Presentation Notes: Navy League of Fort Lauderdale
Revolution in Intelligence Affairs
Military Intelligence Operations in a Complex Urban Environment
New Paradigms — Old Wisdom
The Future Threat