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Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Deputy Director | Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Professor of Practice | Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Robert B. Murrett

Robert B. Murrett

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Deputy Director | Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Professor of Practice | Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Deputy Director | Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Professor of Practice | Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Robert B. Murrett

Murrett was the fourth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, serving from July 2006 through July 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was Director of Naval Intelligence. Following his commissioning, Murrett was assigned as an a float intelligence officer, including Mediterranean, North Atlantic and western Pacific deployments aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, USS America and USS Independence.

He began his career assigned to the Defense Intelligence College, then detailed to the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot as a watch stander and briefing officer for Navy civilian and military leaders. He served as Assistant Intelligence Officer for Commander, Second Fleet; reported to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he was assigned as Operational Intelligence Officer; served as Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence for Commander, Carrier Group Eight; and deployed to the European and Central Command theaters.

As Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence for Commander, Second Fleet, Murrett served concurrently as N2 for NATO’s Striking Fleet Atlantic. He was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence; as Director, Intelligence Directorate, Office of Naval Intelligence; and assumed the duties of Commander, Atlantic Intelligence Command on August 12, 1999.

Murrett served as Director for Intelligence, U.S. Joint Forces Command, from August 2000 through January 2002. From February 2002-March 2005, he was assigned as the Vice Chair Director for Intelligence, on the Joint Staff.

Murrett received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Buffalo and master’s degrees in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College, respectively.