Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge
of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
From Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Information Warfare Public Affairs.
Washington D.C. — (NNS)
— July 15, 2016 — Vice Adm. Jan Tighe assumed the duties of the Deputy Chief of
Naval Operations (DCNO) for Information Warfare (N2N6) and Director of Naval
Intelligence (DNI) July 15 at the Pentagon.
Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information
Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence
Tighe succeeded Vice Adm. Ted N. "Twig" Branch, who has
submitted his retirement request following a 37-year Naval career. Branch
assumed office as the DCNO for Information Warfare/DNI in July 2013. He also
served as lead for the Navy's Information Warfare (IW) Community, which brings
together the people and capabilities of the Navy's Communications, Networks,
Intelligence, Oceanography, Meteorology, Cryptology, Electronic Warfare,
Cyberspace Operations and Space areas to the fight. He also served as the Navy's
Chief Information Officer and as the Director of Navy Cybersecurity. He was the
"Information has been elevated to its own warfare domain,
analogous to undersea, surface, air and space. If we don't get it right in the
Information Domain, what we do in the other domains doesn't matter because the
battle is likely to be lost before it ever gets joined," said Branch. "It has
been a distinct honor to lead the civilian and military professionals of the
Information Warfare Community - the primary practitioners of the IW mission - as
they chart the course for the Navy in facing the challenges of warfare in the
Branch is a native of Long Beach, Mississippi. He graduated
from the U.S. Naval Academy and later earned a master's degree in international
relations from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. A naval aviator,
he's had operational command at the squadron, ship, aircraft carrier, and Strike
Group levels. He's flown A-7s and F/A-18s in combat, completed Navy Nuclear
Power Training, and commanded USS Nimitz on an Arabian Gulf combat cruise. As
Carl Vinson Strike Group commander, he led initial Navy/Marine Corps relief
efforts following the Haiti earthquake. His previous assignment was as
Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet.
Prior to assuming the mantle of DCNO/DNI, Tighe was the
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet. She was born
in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Plantation, Florida. Tighe is a
graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as an ensign (special
duty cryptology) in 1984. She attended the Defense Language Institute in
Monterey, California, where she studied Russian. She also attended the Naval
Postgraduate School, Monterey and in 2001 was awarded a Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics.
As a flag officer, Tighe served as U.S. Cyber Command Deputy
J3; N2N6 director, Decision Superiority; Naval Postgraduate School interim
president; and deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet.
Tighe wears both the Information Warfare pin and Naval
Aviation Observer wings, earned while deployed as an airborne special evaluator
aboard VQ-1 EP-3E aircraft in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
She is also a member of the Acquisition Professionals Community and holds a
Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in
"It is an honor and a privilege for me to assume this
responsibility," said Tighe. "I look forward to leading the N2N6 and Naval
Intelligence teams, as well as the Information Warfare Community, as we provide
the capabilities needed to defend our great nation in the 21st Century."
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