Lt. Gen. Sidney T. Weinstein”
Army Intelligence Chief
by Seymour “Sy” Brody
Lieutenant General Sidney “Tom” Weinstein was the Commander of the U.S. Intelligence Center and School and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence,
Headquarters, Department of the Army, 1985-1989.
When Gen. Weinstein took command, he found that the intelligence units were scattered and under different commands. Gen. Weinstein brought them together under one command and was responsible for the concept of intelligence and electronic warfare.
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency gave Gen. Weinstein credit for the Army’s master plan for intelligence. Gen. Alexander was quoted as saying “ Gen. Weinstein’s master plan set a course for the army to have the best intelligence corps for the next couple of decades. It was a tremendous step forward.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was a classmate of Gen. Weinstein. In his autobiography, he praised Gen. Weinstein “as a shrewd guy, who had a knack for getting to the point.”
Gen. Weinstein retired after 33 years in the Army. He served in a variety of intelligence, counterintelligence and security positions in the United States, Europe, Vietnam and Latin America. He was fluent in Spanish and he was considered to be an expert in Latin American affairs.
During his service in the Army, Gen. Weinstein was the Commander of the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade and the assistant chief of staff for intelligence of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. When in Germany, he commanded the 2nd Military Intelligence.
Gen. Weinstein was born in Camden, New Jersey. He was married to Pauline Weinstein and they had three children and eight grandchildren: Halee Weinstein, a judge in Baltimore, Mila Masur of Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania and Michel Weinstein.
His military awards were:
● Distinguished Service Medal
● Legion of Merit
● Bronze Star Medal
● Meritorious Service Medal
● Several awards of the Air Medal
● A member of the highly selective Military Intelligence Hall of Fame
Lt. Gen. Sidney T. Weinstein died on May 24, 2007, in Great Falls, Virginia.
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