Director of National Intelligence

Acting Director of National Intelligence

Joseph Maguire

Joseph Maguire The Honorable Joseph Maguire assumed the role of Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on Aug. 16, 2019.


Prior to serving as Acting DNI, Maguire served as the sixth director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). In this role, Maguire bolstered NCTC’s relationship with the White House and Congress. He also spearheaded a reorganization to merge three main areas of focus for the CT mission to better align the end-to-end management of CT operations against the most pressing threat of terrorists gaining and using WMD. As NCTC Director, he also served as the National Intelligence Manager for Counterterrorism, responsible for integrating and coordinating all intelligence collection and analysis on CT targets.


Prior to his confirmation as NCTC Director, Maguire served as president and CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization whose philanthropic mission is to support combat-wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel, as well as the families and dependents of fallen special operators.


He took this position after leaving his role as Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, which was his first job upon retirement from active duty in 2010, after a 36-year career as a Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL). He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command.


While on active duty, Vice Admiral Maguire served as NCTC’s Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning from 2007 to 2010 and represented the Center as a part of the National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Security Group. In this role, he led the development of the government’s most senior-level strategies and operational plans for CT, as well as the unbiased, objective evaluation of the progress in achieving the goals and objectives of those strategies.


He earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs with a major in Scientific and Technical Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. While in the Navy, Maguire was a national security fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and remains an avid fan of the New York Yankees.


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