WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Kendall L. Card assumed the duties of the deputy chief of naval operations (DCNO) for Information Dominance (N2/N6) and director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) during a change-of-charge ceremony at the Pentagon, June 1.
Card succeeds Vice Adm. David J. Dorsett, who will retire following a distinguished 33-year naval career.
Dorsett, the 63rd director of Naval Intelligence, assumed office as the first DCNO for Information Dominance in November 2009. Information Dominance is designated as the lead office for bringing the Navy's intelligence, cyber warfare, command and control, electronic warfare, battle management and knowledge of the maritime environment areas together to align oversight, governance and synchronization mechanisms to deliver end-to-end insight and accountability for Navy information requirements, investments, capability development, and force development.
Under Dorsett's leadership, Information Dominance has now been elevated to a "main battery" in the Navy's arsenal. He has also brought together more than 45,000 military and civilian professionals together to form the Information Dominance Community, tasked with building and operating this main battery.
"It has been the highlight of my career to bring the N2/N6 team and Information Dominance Community together to allow the Navy to capitalize on the opportunities and face the challenges of the information age, " said Dorsett. "I've been humbled by the dedication and creativity of the members of our team; they are leaders in a revolution in naval affairs that will assure the Navy is prepared to deal with the changing and growing threats ahead."
Dorsett was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Jacksonville University, Fla., in 1978. Following his qualification as a surface warfare officer, Dorsett was designated as a naval intelligence officer. He participated in numerous operations, including Southern Watch, Restore Hope, Desert Fox, Southern Watch Resolute Response, and other sensitive, nationally tasked combat and special operations. As a flag officer he served as special assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, director of intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command and director for intelligence, U.S. Joint Staff.
Dorsett graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College and Armed Forces Staff College, and was awarded a master's degree from the Defense Intelligence College.
Prior to assuming the mantle of DCNO/DNI, Card was the director of Concepts, Strategies and Integration for Information Dominance on the N2/N6 staff. He is a career naval aviator with more than 3,900 flight hours in the SH3H Sea King, SH-60F Seahawk, and the S-3A Viking aircraft. He has commanded Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 15, USS Rainier (AOE 7) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
As a flag officer, Card has served as director, Command Control Systems, North American Aerospace defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; commander, task forces 51/58/59/151/158, Manama, Bahrain; and commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
Card is a native of Fort Stockton, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and holds a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
"It is an honor and a privilege for me to assume these duties," said Card. "I look forward to leading the N2/N6 and Information Dominance Community teams as we face all future challenges."
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