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David J. Dorsett
Vice Admiral Dorsett, USN
1st DCNO for Information Dominance /
63rd Director of Naval Intelligence
Nickname Jack
Born 8 October 1956(1956-10-08) (age 65)
Place of birth Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Allegiance USA
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1978–2011
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held

Director of Naval Intelligence Seal

David John “Jack” Dorsett (born 8 October 1956) is a Corporate Vice President for Cyber and C4 at Northrop Grumman, and a retired vice admiral of the U.S. Navy. He was the first Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and 63rd Director of Naval Intelligence. He served as the Director of Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005–2008 prior to assuming his position on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.[1]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Vice Admiral Dorsett was born in Roanoke Rapids and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Jacksonville University (Florida) in 1978, receiving a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He was also the 2008 Distinguished Alumni for Jacksonville University.

Jack Dorsett is a Naval intelligence officer, joint specialty officer, a specialist in Joint and Strategic Intelligence, and a qualified surface warfare officer. He possesses significant experience in National Security Affairs (Europe, Middle East, Asia) and in Strategic Planning. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College and Armed Forces Staff College, and was awarded a Master’s Degree from the Defense Intelligence College.[1] He has also attended executive business programs at Babson College and the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Military service[edit | edit source]

He began his Navy career in 1978 as an exchange midshipman with the Royal Navy, serving on the Ton class minesweeper HMS GAVINTON (M1140). His early career included duty in USS ELLIOT (DD-967), USS OLDENDORF (DD-972), and as executive officer in USS Dominant (MSO-431).

From 1983–1987, he served as an intelligence analyst and Operations Officer at FOSIC U.S. Naval Forces Europe, providing intelligence support during Operations EL DORADO CANYON, ATTAIN DOCUMENT, and PRAIRIE FIRE. In 1987, he reported to Sixth Fleet as Political-Military Officer and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

He transferred to the U.S. Naval War College in 1989, serving as Executive Assistant for the CNO's Strategic Studies Group. He then served as the Intelligence Officer in USS RANGER (CV-61), participating in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and RESTORE HOPE. From 1993–1996, he directed the Operational Intelligence/Crisis Management Department at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific.

In 1996, VADM Dorsett transferred to Washington, D.C., where he directed the CNO's Intelligence Plot and then served as Director of Intelligence, Office of Naval Intelligence. From 1998–1999, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence on the COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT staff, and participated in Operations DESERT FOX, SOUTHERN WATCH, RESOLUTE RESPONSE, and other sensitive, nationally tasked combat and special operations.

VADM Dorsett commanded the Joint Intelligence Center (JICCENT), U.S. Central Command between 1999–2001, where he managed intelligence support to theater forces during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and DETERMINED RESPONSE. In June 2001, he assumed duties as the Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Requirements and Resources on the OPNAV staff. He was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in May 2003 and assigned as the Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence; in July 2005 he reported to the Joint Staff as the Director for Intelligence (J2). He was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral (Upper Half).

As a flag officer, he has served as: Special assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence; director of Intelligence (J2), United States Pacific Command; director for Intelligence (J2), U.S. Joint Staff; and, is the 63rd Director of Naval Intelligence (N2), Chief of Naval Operations. On 2 Nov 2009, VADM Dorsett assumed office as the 1st Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6).[1]

Establishment of the Information Dominance Corps[edit | edit source]

In response to the CNO’s direction, VADM Dorsett spearheaded the formation of the Information Dominance Corps (IDC)—a cadre of information specialists—consisting of more than 45,000 active and Reserve Navy officers, enlisted and civilian professionals possessing extensive skills in information-intensive fields. These specialists include information professional officers, information warfare officers, naval intelligence officers, meteorological and oceanography officers, space cadre officers, cyber engineer officers, aerographer’s mates, cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, and civilian personnel.

The stand up of N2/N6 represents a landmark transition in the evolution of naval warfare, designed to elevate information as a main battery of the Navy’s warfighting capabilities, and firmly establish the U.S. Navy's prominence in intelligence, cyber warfare, and information management.

Initiatives as DCNO for Information Dominance[edit | edit source]

On 31 October 2009, the CNO established the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6) and on 2 November 2009, VADM Dorsett assumed duties as the 1st Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.

As the DCNO for Information Dominance, VADM Dorsett was the CNO’s principle advisor for all information capabilities. His strategic objective was to elevate information to a core navy warfighting capability and to functionally integrate intelligence, information warfare, information/network management, oceanography, and geospatial information for information age operations, while delivering assured command and control and information access to operational forces by delivering deep multi-intelligence penetration and understanding of potential adversaries, melded with deep multi-domain understanding of the operating environment.

He was further tasked with coordinating resource investment to deliver information-centric capabilities and competitive advantages while aggressively accelerating experimentation and innovation with information capabilities including remotely piloted, unattended, and autonomous capabilities adaptively networked to extend reach, penetration and persistence in denied areas.[2]

Unmanned Initiatives:

Under VADM Dorsett, the Navy made significant progress in building a network of unmanned systems that will perform ISR, communication relay, strike, and other missions.

  • The Navy and Air Force signed a memorandum of agreement to maximize commonality and eliminate redundancies between the GLOBAL HAWK and the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs.[3] The Navy is transitioning from NUCAS-D to the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system to provide unmanned carrier-based capability by 2018.[4] Additionally, the Vertical Take-Off Unmanned Aerial Vehicle FIRE SCOUT has completed several software and technical modifications and efforts have been initiated to weaponize and provide a radar capability for maximum warfighter effectiveness.[4] The Medium Range Maritime UAS (MRMUAS) Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is currently 2019, two years ahead of normal programmatic benchmarks.

Networking Initiatives:

  • VADM Dorsett has directed the Navy’s networks become an interlinked family of systems rather than stand-alone information silos. His goal is create a series of interconnected sensors working together to provide commanders with improved situational awareness of the battlespace allowing decision superiority over the adversary. The objective is for every platform to be a sensor, for every sensor to be networked, and for every shooter to be capable of using data derived from any sensor.[5]
  • N2/N6 is focusing efforts on aligning programs, to include transitioning from Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) to the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-NET), and Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES), ultimately establishing a seamless environment between the afloat and ashore environments.[6]

Accelerating Electronic Warfare Capabilities: The Navy has begun to restore its EW advantage and develop world-class cyber warfare capabilities to tackle future threats. To that end, the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Analysis of Alternatives concluded in April 2010.[7]

Cyber Warfare Initiatives: VADM Dorsett articulated the need establish the FLTCYBERCOM / TENTHFLT to coordinate globally and serve as the Navy Component Commander to U.S. Cyber Command.[8]

Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA):

  • The CNO’s emphasis has been on operationalizing MDA – making it real for the Navy, a regular part of the way the Navy does business. Accordingly, VADM Dorsett increased the number of analysts focusing on nontraditional types of warfare, such as narcotics and counterterrorism analysis. He also invested heavily in technologies to bring together data, to connect the dots and make associations between vessels, cargo and people to better understand intent. These investments are being fielded around the world at U.S Maritime Operations Centers, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Centers.

Northrop Grumman[edit | edit source]

At Northrop Grumman, he serves as the company's primary liaison for cyber and command, control, communications and computer programs and manages corporate-wide interfaces with key officials of the U.S. government's executive branch and Congress, advises on major program initiatives, and facilitates development of strategic concepts and marketing solutions. In this role, he has facilitated development of company-wide strategic concepts and customer engagement on issues that include: command and control of cyber and non-kinetic effects; assured communications; and, integrated electronic warfare solutions.

Dorsett also serves on the Board of the Naval Intelligence Professionals and is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

Military Awards[edit | edit source]

U.S. Military decorations
National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.gif National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (4)
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit (3)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (7)
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (5)
Battle-e-ribbon 3rd award.png Navy "E" Ribbon (3)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal (1)
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal (2)
Silver star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (4)
Us kw-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Marksmanship Ribbon (Expert)
Dir DIA Award.JPG DIA Director's Award

NSA Bronze Medallion


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". US Navy Biography. 1 February 2010. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioid=98. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. "ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS FOR INFORMATION DOMINANCE (N2/N6)". NAVADMIN 316/09. 29 October 2009. http://www.npc.navy.mil/NR/rdonlyres/8B99F82A-1376-4A61-90F8-1A0624FE4C8E/0/NAV09316.txt. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. Butler, Amy (15 July 2010). "Navy, USAF Coordinate High-Altitude UAV Work". Military.com. http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,217498,00.html. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jean, Grace (28 January 2011). "Navy 'Reinvesting' Billions of Dollars in Unmanned Systems". National Defense Magazine. http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=296. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  5. "Talking with Vice Adm. Jack Dorsett Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance Director of Naval Intelligence". CHIPS. April 2010. http://www.scribd.com/doc/32677484/Chips-Apr-10. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  6. "Chief of Naval Operations Names Next Generation Enterprise Network Chief". Navy.mil. 2 December 2008. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=41219. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  7. Dorsett, Jack (October 2010). "Notes from the DCNO for Information Dominance". Notes from the DCNO for Information Dominance. http://www.navintpro.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/DCNO-Note_OCT2010.pdf. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  8. Dorsett, Jack (14 April 2010). "Information Dominance and the U.S. Navy's Cyber Warfare Vision". http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2010SET/Dorsett.pdf. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 

Sources[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Navy website http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=98.

Military offices
Preceded by
Tony L. Cothron
Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence
Succeeded by
Kendall L. Card

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