U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Philip Howe, president of the Naval War College in Rhode Island, has been nominated to the role of associate director for military affairs at the CIA.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday that President Obama also endorsed Howe for promotion to the rank of vice admiral.
Howe previously held assignments with the Naval Special Warfare and Joint Special Operations communities and also commanded the Naval Special Warfare Unit 3 in Bahrain, Naval Special Warfare Group 3 in San Diego, California, and Special Operations Command for the Pacific in Hawaii.
He also deployed to the western Pacific and Southwest Asia and participated in Operations Earnest Will, Provide Promise, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Howe held staff roles at Special Operations Command Pacific, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Naval Special Warfare Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command.