Navy appoints principal cyber adviser

By Aidan Quigley / December 10, 2020 at 11:08 AM

The Navy has appointed Chris Cleary as the service's principal cyber adviser, a position tasked with implementing the Defense Department's cyber strategy.

Cleary, a Naval Academy graduate and retired Naval Reserve officer, has been the Navy's chief information security officer for the past year. The service announced his appointment yesterday.

The position, mandated by the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, advises Navy and Marine Corps leadership on cyber issues.

In the role, Cleary will oversee the acquisition of cyber capabilities, cybersecurity operations and recruiting and training of cyberspace operations forces.