Ronald Lee Burgess, Jr., USA (born September 16, 1952) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General. His last military assignment was as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR). Prior to that, he was Director of the Intelligence Staff in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
From August 2005 to May 2007 he was the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes (Requirements).
On May 17, 2007, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced that LTG Burgess had been nominated to be the Director of the Intelligence Staff (DIS) for the Office of the DNI. While the DIS position does not require Senate confirmation, it does require the Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Burgess’ 3-Star Rank as the DIS.
After the resignation of Gen. Michael Hayden as Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Burgess was selected by President George W. Bush in June 2006 to fill the position in an acting capacity until October 2007. During this time, he was still serving at the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes (Requirements) and transitioned to the Director of the Intelligence Staff. He served as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence for a second time from January 2009 to February 2009.
In December 2012, Lieutenant General Burgess joined Auburn University as Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs. In this capacity he works across the university to interface and coordinate with federal, state and commercial entities on all matters related to these areas.
On November 9, 2016, Reuters reported that Burgess is part of the Trump transition team “focused on intelligence and security matters”.