Trump picks Navy veteran as top counterterrorism official

Then-Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire, the National Counterterrorism Center’s deputy director for strategic operational planning, delivers his remarks during a Medal of Honor flag ceremony recognizing the actions of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy on Oct. 23, 2007, at the United States Navy Memorial. President Trump has nominated Maguire to lead the National Counterterrorism Center. (Petty Officer 1st Class Brien Aho/Navy) Since 2013, Maguire has been president and chief executive officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. His last government assignment was deputy director for strategic operational planning at the counterterrorism center where he was a member of the National Security Council’s counterterrorism security group.

Maguire, who is from New York City, retired from the Navy in 2010 as a vice admiral after 36 years in uniform. He has commanded every level of the Naval Special Warfare Command, the Navy component of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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