Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire is the deputy director for Strategic Operational Planning at National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). NCTC’s mission is to lead the U.S. Government in strategic operational planning and counterterrorism intelligence in order to combat terrorist threats to the U.S. and its interests. Prior to this appointment, Maguire was commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, Navy’s component of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Special Operations Component of the U.S. Navy. His first flag assignment was in United States Special Operations Command as the director of strategic assessments and resources.
A career naval special warfare officer, Maguire’s first sea duty tour assignment was aboard USS Coronado (LPD 11), where he served as deck division officer. He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training as Honor Man-Class and went on to serve in Underwater Demolition Team 21, SEAL Team 2, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Naval Special Warfare Group 2, as deputy commander, Special Operations Command Pacific and deputy commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.
Maguire has had the honor of serving as commanding officer, SEAL Team 2 and commanding officer at Naval Special Warfare Center. He was the flag lieutenant to Commander Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet and in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, where he was Naval Special Warfare’s assignment officer and community manager.
Maguire is from Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 and received his master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1985, where he was the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association Honor Award for Outstanding Thesis. In 1994-1995, he was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.