Retired Navy Leader Joseph Maguire Confirmed National Counterterrorism Center Director; Dan Coats Quoted

Joseph Maguire

Joseph Maguire, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, has been confirmed to serve as the National Counterterrorism Center’s new director. He has led all levels of the Naval Special Warfare Command in his 36 years of service with the branch, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats’ office said Wednesday.

“I congratulate Joe and his family on his confirmation as NCTC director,” said Coats.

Maguire succeeds Russ Travers who led NCTC as acting director and will continue to serve as the center’s deputy director.

Previously, Maguire contributed to NCTC’s mission as deputy director for strategic operational planning, and was also a member of a group within the National Security Council focusing on counterterrorism security. NCTC analyzes and shares foreign and domestic counterterrorism information with collaborators to support efforts addressing the issue.

President Trump nominated Maguire for the role in June.

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