Lint Center Announces Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, (Retired) Inspiration Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to announce the Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, (Retired) Inspiration Scholarship ($500).

The Lint Center is a non-profit charity that focuses on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence (CI) and National Security workers. Inspired by the legacy and leadership of General Hughes, we are enthused to offer a scholarship in his honor.

Lieutenant General Hughes’ career serves as an example to today’s scholars. We hope his life story and our scholarship will embolden the next generation of emerging leaders to follow Lieutenant General Hughes path in the national security career field. His career included military service, federal civilian service, and as a private consultant, federal contracting executive and contractor.

Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes, U.S. Army (Retired), was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Congress to serve as Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis, Department Homeland Security (DHS). He served in this position from November 17, 2003 to March 15, 2005. He returned to government service after having been in the private sector leading his own company, PMH Enterprises, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in intelligence, national security and international relations.

LTG Hughes retired from the U.S. Army on October 1, 1999 after more than 35 years of military service, beginning as an enlisted soldier and combat medic on January 2, 1962.

His last active duty assignment was Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. Department of Defense, a position that he held for 3 and half years. In addition, he served as the Director of Intelligence (J-2), Joint Staff and DIA; Director of Intelligence (J-2), U.S. Central Command; and Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Agency.

Lieutenant General Hughes led troops at the squad, platoon, detachment, battalion, brigade, and separate Army and Joint Agency level. He served twice in Vietnam, one tour in Korea, and participated in U.S. military operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the Middle East, and in Somalia. He also spent time in Bosnia and other strife-torn locales. He has visited 126 nations and was formally trained in the Vietnamese and Korean languages.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3 awards), the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star for Valor (3 awards), the Bronze Star Meritorious Service (2 awards), the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the award of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachute Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. He is the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), the CIA medallion, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Medal, recognition from the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the US Secret Service, the Director’s Award for Distinguished Service from the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and many other awards and instances of recognition. He has received numerous awards from foreign nations. He is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

Lieutenant General Hughes received his B.S. from Montana State University, a M.A. from Central Michigan University, and is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies. He has received honorary doctorates from Montana State University (Business), and the Joint Military Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence).

He consulted for SYNTEK Technologies, Inc. – a BMT Company, Ltd., SY Coleman, Inc. – an L3 Company, the Central Intelligence Agency, Boeing, Centra Technologies, Inc, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Defense Science Board, General Dynamics, John Hopkins University – Applied Physics Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, RAND, SIG, Inc., Silicon Graphics, Strategic Analysis Inc., Booz-Allen Hamilton, SAIC, and other firms.

He has given testimony to several Congressional Committees and has presented his views at Harvard, MIT, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the National War College, the Army War College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Joint Military Intelligence College, the Special Operations University, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Foreign Service Institute, Montana State University, The Brookings Institution, The Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the World Future Society, RAND, and in many other academic, industry, and technology forums.

He has served on several Defense Science Board Task Forces, on the National Commission to Review the National Reconnaissance Office, on the Laboratory Advisory Committee of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on the Intelligence Advisory Panel of Sandia National Laboratory, the Counter-Proliferation Board of Advisors at the Applied Physics Laboratory – The John Hopkins University, the Board of Directors of Strategic Analysis, Inc., the National Imagery & Mapping Agency’s “Innovision” office , and the Advisory Board of the National Youth Leadership Forum. He has served as a Futures Mentor for the TRADOC Army Transformation effort and on the Future Concepts Working Group Senior Advisory Group of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He performed work for other elements of the U.S. defense and intelligence communities.

He has served as the President, National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) and Programs and Awards Officer of the Security Affairs Support Association. He continues to serve on the Board of the OSS Society, and to be an emeritus member of the Defense Intel Alumni Association, and the National Military Intelligence Foundation. He is a member of the Mobile Riverine Force Association and a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

In the corporate arena, he was the Corporate Vice President of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at L-3 Communications (now L-3 Technologies, Inc.), from April 2005 until his final retirement in July 2011. His duties were supporting the general needs of the corporation, including acting as Corporate POC for Homeland Security / Homeland Defense and Cyber Operations. He has continued to be a consultant to L-3.

He has been married over 55 years to Karlene K. (Nuber) Hughes. They reside in Florida and Virginia where he continues to write and provide private consulting services.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit