Vice Admiral Joe Maguire, USN (Ret.)


Former Acting Director of National Intelligence and Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center

During his four decades in public service, Vice Admiral Joe Maguire implemented National Security from the grassroots to the Situation Room. In August 2019, he was named Acting Director of National Intelligence. As such, he served as the head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, a coalition of seventeen agencies and organizations, and was principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to National Security.

Before assuming that role, Joe was Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. During his tenure, he led and integrated National Counterterrorism efforts, driving whole-of-government actions to secure national objectives.

After thirty-six years as a Navy SEAL, Joe retired from the Navy in 2010 at the rank of Vice Admiral. By this time, he had commanded at every level and was recognized in the Special Operations community for his operational expertise, proficiency in human resources, and financial management. As Director of Resources and Strategic Assessments in USSOCOM, he spearheaded the largest force structure growth to date and tripled their annual budget.

Outside of government, Joe has served as the President and CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a top-rated charity providing educational assistance and full college tuition to the children of fallen Special Operators. He was Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, focused on support to America’s Special Operations forces.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, a Masters in National Security (Scientific and Technical Intelligence) from the Naval Post Graduate School, and he was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.