According to a press release from the White House, former Navy SEAL Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan of Florida is to be named as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Per the press release, Kernan currently serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for SAP National Security Services. Kernan also serves as the chairman of NS2 Serves, a “veteran training and employment program,” as well as on the Board of Directors for both the National Navy SEAL Museum and The Mission Continues, a nonprofit founded by Missouri governor and former SEAL, Eric Greitens.
Kernan previously served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy before successfully completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training with Class 117 in 1982, and becoming a Naval Special Warfare/SEAL officer. During his time in the SEALs, Kernan served as the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, and the Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command. Additionally, he was a Senior Military Assistant to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Kernan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Defense University. His previous SEAL experience includes commanding platoons at Underwater Demolition Team 12 (UDT-12), SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1), and SEAL Team 5. Kernan served his executive officer tour at Naval Special Warfare Unit 1 in Naval Station Subic Bay, in the Philippines.
Kernan commanded SEAL Team 2 from 1994 to 1996, and served at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group from 1999 to 2003. His joint assignments include Deputy Director and Director of Operations at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Director of Operations, Center for Special Operations, at the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He assumed command of Naval Special Warfare Command in June 2007.
Kernan will not be the first SEAL to be tapped by the Trump administration for a position in the government. Former SEAL and Montana congressman Ryan Zinke is now the Secretary of the Interior, and former SEAL Admiral Robert S. “Bob” Harward was asked — and declined — to be the President’s National Security Adviser.
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