A retired Navy SEAL admiral will hold the nation’s top intelligence position. President Donald Trump decided to give the intelligence keys to Retired Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire and make him Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
A highly respected officer among the Special Operations community, the former SEAL has had an admirable career both in the Navy and federal government. In 1977, he was voted as the honor graduate of his Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class, which he managed to finish despite a broken leg. His career in the Naval Special Warfare community includes stints at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) – another title for SEAL Team 6 – as deputy commander, SEAL Team 2, as commanding officer, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as the director of strategic resources, and finally, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), as commanding officer.
President Trump announced the change of command on Twitter:
“I am pleased to inform you that the Honorable Joseph Maguire, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be named Acting Director of National Intelligence, effective August 15th. Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010. He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. I have no doubt he will do a great job!”