Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley

President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)

Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley


Rear Adm. Harley assumed the duties as the 63rd President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on Oct. 18, 2013. INSURV was established 130 years ago to inspect our Navy ships and to report on their readiness to senior leaders and Congress.

Harley's formative sea duty assignments include tours as anti-submarine warfare officer and Combat Information Center officer in USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13); chief engineer in USS David R. Ray (DD 971); operations officer in USS Cowpens (CG 63); executive officer in USS Benfold (DDG 65); commanding officer in USS Milius (DDG 69); Commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine and, most recently, as Commander Amphibious Force 7th Fleet/ Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN/ Task Force 76. During these operational tours, he completed seven deployments to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Arabian Gulf. While commanding Milius, the ship participated in combat operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, Harley served as fleet scheduler for the commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, executive assistant to the director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development (J-7) on the Joint Staff, Asia-Pacific branch head in Deep Blue (N3/N5), and as director for Strategic Actions (N00Z) for the Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as the 20th director, White House Situation Room and was the vice director, Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5) at U.S. Central Command.

Harley attended the University of Minnesota graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and has received Master of Arts degrees from the Naval War College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Additionally, he served as a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and is a member of the Council.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Updated: 22 October 2013