Rear Adm. Steve Parode, is a native of Washington, District of Columbia and was commissioned in 1986 from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of California, Los Angeles, California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History (Soviet Studies). He subsequently received a Master of Arts in National Security Studies (American Government) from Georgetown University and was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He is a member of the Navy’s Information Warfare Community and Space Cadre. Upon commissioning, Parode completed Basic Cryptologic Officer training and proceeded to his first duty assignment at Naval Security Group Activity San Vito dei Normanni, Italy.
At sea, Parode served aboard USS Wisconsin (BB 64) as Intelligence department head and main battery targeting officer during Operation Desert Storm, where he also qualified as a surface warfare officer; two special submarine mission deployments; Cryptologic Resource coordinator and force protection officer for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8/USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) strike group; and Staff Cryptologist and Information Operations (IO) director for U.S. 6th Fleet aboard USS La Salle (AGF 3) in Gaeta, Italy, where he was fleet battle watch captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the J2C and J39 for Joint Task Force, Aztec Silence in west-central Africa.
Ashore, in addition to a series of assignments in fleet signals intelligence, while assigned to Naval Security Group Command, he led the first IO division and served on the Network Red Team for Exercise Millennium Challenge. He commanded Navy Information Operations Command, Sugar Grove, West Virginia and became the first Field Station commander of National Security Agency (NSA) Sugar Grove Research Station. As commanding officer of Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group, he also served as commander, Task Force 1090 as part of the U.S. 10th Fleet.
Parode’s major staff tours were in Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N3/5 as the deputy director for IO and at Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (I) where he validated IO/Cyber requirements; served as program manager for special program capability development; guided policy implementation for intelligence support to IO and cyber operations; and qualified as an information warfare officer and full Joint Duty.
As a Flag Officer, Parode has served as director of intelligence (J2) for U.S. Strategic Command and Deputy Chief of Computer Network Operations (X43) at NSA.
In July 2018, Parode assumed duties as the director for Information Warfare Integration.
Parode’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit, Combat Action Ribbon other personal awards and various campaign and unit decorations.