Charlie Allen is the Former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. At DHS, Charles E. Allen developed the department's intelligence architecture, integrated its intelligence activities and ensured that they were continuously aligned with the department's evolving priorities. He also accelerated and expanded the department's processes for sharing intelligence with state and local security and law enforcement officials. Allen also served as the principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on collection management and chaired the National Intelligence Collection Board, which united all intelligence agencies under common collection strategies. Allen was the CIA's National Intelligence Officer for Warning, Director of the National Warning Staff, National Intelligence Officer for Counterterrorism and Deputy Chief for Intelligence of CIA's Counterterrorism Center. He also directed the DCI Hostage Location Task Force, which focused on locating American hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon.