Vice Adm. Jeff Trussler, a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee Nation, assumed duties as deputy chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6) and the 68th director of Naval Intelligence June 5, 2020.
Trussler follows Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler who retired June 5 as the deputy chief of naval operations for Information Warfare and the 67th director of Naval Intelligence, positions he assumed in June 2018.
Kohler served with distinction for 36 years and was the recipient of various personal, unit and campaign awards including the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award, Distinguished Service Medal (he received a Gold Star in lieu of Second Award during his retirement ceremony), Defense Superior Service Medal (four awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Vice Adm. Trussler also serves as the Department of the Navy Deputy Chief Information Officer (Navy).
As the DCNO for Information Warfare, he is the principal advisor and resource sponsor for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on matters related to information, command and control (C2), networks, cybersecurity, intelligence, space, electronic warfare (EW), battlespace awareness, oceanography, and precision navigation and timing (PNT).
As the director of Naval Intelligence (DNI), he represents the U.S. Navy as one of the 17 National Intelligence Agencies that report to the Director of National Intelligence.
As Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Office (DON CIO) Navy, he sets policies for the Navy’s computer networks and related systems.
Within the DON CIO role, OPNAV N2N6 formulates policy and guidance for assured command and control (C2) consolidating infrastructure via Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) afloat, NMCI/DCC ashore while extending cloud computing services via that infrastructure aligning it to DoD Joint Information Environment (JIE).
The impact to the Navy:
- Greater warfighter access to modernized applications and data.
- More effective defense against complex cyber threats.
- Reduced operating costs, better interoperability.
Keys to success:
- N2N6 emphasis on modernizing end-to-end infrastructure.
- Resource Sponsor focus on modernizing applications.
- Continued investment in those modernization efforts.
- Unified governance and strong advocacy.