Rear Adm. (ret) Sam Cox served as the Director, Plans, Policy and Intelligence Integration for Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command in his final assignment. He previously served as Commander of the Joint Intelligence Center for U.S. Central Command, 2004-2007, providing theater intelligence collection management and production for U.S. and coalition forces engaged in combat and crisis operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the Central Command area.
Rear Adm. Cox graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980, winning the Trident Scholar and History Department Awards.
Sea duty and operational assignments include; Squadron and then Airwing Intelligence Officer embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for contingency operations off Libya and Lebanon in 1981-1984; Current Intelligence Officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, embarked on USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), deployed to the Arabian Gulf for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and then Fleet Collection Manager for Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet for Western Pacific operations in 1990-1992; Intelligence Officer (N2) for Commander, Carrier Group 8, embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) for combat operations in Operation Allied Force (Kosovo) and Operation Southern Watch (Iraq) in 1998-99; Intelligence Officer (N2) for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet, Bahrain, for Southern Watch, Iraqi Maritime Interception Operations, and initial Enduring Freedom combat operations in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.
Joint duty assignments include; Officer-in-Charge, U.S. Atlantic Command Joint Intelligence Center, 1993-95, during Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti); and Flag Secretary for Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic/Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command, 1995-98. He also earned a Master of Military Arts and Science at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth in 1993.
Navy shore assignments include; Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Intelligence Plot Watch Officer and CNO Briefer, 1984-87; Deputy Director, International Programs and Assistant Operations Officer for Commander Naval Intelligence Command/Task Force 168, 1987-90; Future Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting Branch Head (N202/203), OPNAV staff, Pentagon, 2002-03; and the first Intelligence Officer to serve as a Senior Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group, 2003-04.
Military awards include; Defense Superior Service (two awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), and Bronze Star. He was also the recipient of the 2001 Navy League of the U.S., Naval Intelligence Foundation Award, for excellence in operational intelligence support to the fleet.