The grandson of a sailor and son of a soldier, Rear Adm. T.J. White is a native of Spring, Texas. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (1987) where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School (1993) and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University–Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF, 2008) in Washington, D.C. He is a MIT Seminar XXI fellow.
Originally a surface warfare officer, White served on USS Missouri (BB 63) as electronic warfare officer, combat information center officer and assistant operations officer. He was selected for re-designation as a cryptologist, now cryptologic warfare officer, in 1992 and was assigned to the Operations Directorate at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.
White’s operational fleet tours included assignments as assistant cryptologist, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT)/C5F (1997-1999) in Manama, Bahrain, and assistant chief of staff for Information Operations (N39), C7F (2004-2007) embarked on USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
White has served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) as the Joint Military Intelligence Program and Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities (now Military Intelligence Program) program resources director, as the deputy director of intelligence and chief of staff, Joint Functional Component Command–Network Warfare (JFCC-NW) and as the director, Commander’s Action Group at United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).
White’s command tours included the Naval Security Group Activity Bahrain (1999-2001) and Navy Information Operations Command Maryland (2011-2013). As a flag officer, he has served as deputy director, Tailored Access Operations, NSA (2013-2015) and as director for intelligence (J2), U.S. Pacific Command (2015-2016).
White’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and various campaign, unit and service awards.