Rear Adm. Filipowski, a native of New Jersey, graduated and was commissioned in 1982 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He subsequently graduated from the Naval War College in 1994.
Originally a submarine strategic weapons system officer, he served his initial assignment in USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636), followed by duty at Commander, Submarine Squadron 18. In 1987, he was re-designated as a special duty officer (cryptology), now information warfare officer.
Shore assignments have included: U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan as a division officer, assistant department head, and as the executive officer; the National Security Agency; the Naval Network Warfare Command; the director for Electronic and Cyber Warfare on the OPNAV Information Dominance Staff; and the deputy director of Operations at U.S. Cyber Command.
Operational assignments have included: commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Staff; Commander, Carrier Group 7 staff, embarked in USS Nimitz (CVN 68), which deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Southern Watch and Vigilant Sentinel; the Joint Special Operations Command where he deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Aviano, Italy in support of Operation Joint Guard; and Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet staff, embarked in USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), which deployed throughout the Western Pacific.
He commanded both U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Yokosuka, Japan and Navy Information Operations Command Georgia.
He is currently serving as the director of Intelligence at U.S. Cyber Command.
He holds various decorations and awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.