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Navy Rear Admiral Nancy A. Norton is the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, she helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian and contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure, in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.

RADM Norton leads the efforts of an 8,000-member global organization and manages a $10 billion annual budget.

RADM Norton, a native of Oregon, graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in general science. She was commissioned in 1987 through the Navy Officer Candidate School. She holds master’s degrees in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, where she was the President’s Honor Graduate. She served as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group XXXII.

RADM Norton has served in information warfare billets at all levels, afloat and ashore. Her assignments include Naval Communications Stations in Hawaii and Fallon, Nevada, as well as command in Bahrain. She developed cyber security programs on the staffs of U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet. She directed communications for Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 aboard the USS Enterprise and for the U.S. 6th Fleet and Naval Forces Europe. She served multiple tours for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and as the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Cyber, U.S. Pacific Command.

Prior to her current assignment, RADM Norton was the Director of Warfare Integration for Information Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

RADM Norton’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, Navy League Award, Young AFCEAN Award, Copernicus Award, and the National Security Agency’s Frank B. Rowlett Award for personal achievement in Information Security.