Captain Westfall has served as Deputy Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) since July 2018.
Within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, NMIO works to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and national-level Maritime Domain Awareness. To do this, NMIO seeks to build interagency and international collaboration by: Developing and expanding existing domestic and foreign partnerships through the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI); Improving information and intelligence sharing by identifying and surmounting barriers through transparent collaboration; Advocating GMCOI collection and analytic priorities at the national level; and Integrating science and technology into the GMCOI’s understanding and mitigation of threats or challenges in the maritime environment. NMIO engages with academia, think tanks, the maritime industry, interagency, and international partners through an array of strategy boards, committees, roundtables, campaigns, technical bulletins, and advisory groups to perform its mission in collaboration with the GMCOI.
In his immediate prior assignment, Captain Westfall served as Executive Director of The Interdiction Committee (TIC), an interagency body of over 25 federal departments, agencies, offices, and components. Mandated by law to discuss and resolve issues related to the coordination, oversight, and integration of international, border and domestic drug interdiction and counter-network efforts, TIC is chaired by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Captain Westfall has served on active duty for over three decades. In nearly twenty years served at sea, he has been underway from the Arctic Ocean to Ecuador, Uruguay to the Canadian Maritimes, on the Caribbean Sea, and on the Great Lakes. He has worked at sea with maritime forces from throughout the western hemisphere as well as Europe. A “Mustang”, he rose from the enlisted ranks to command five U.S. Coast Guard Cutters (USCGCs): BOUTWELL, ESCANABA, ASPEN, WILLIAM TATE, and RED CEDAR, and served in various capacities in several others. He has also deployed with a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement team aboard U.S. Navy ships patrolling in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Captain Westfall has worked with military forces and defense and other ministries from throughout the Western Hemisphere and Europe. This work included duties as the Arctic Strategy Branch Chief at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, the Assistant Coast Guard Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City (receiving the Naval Distinction Award from the Secretary of the Mexican Navy), and as the Surface Operations Officer at Joint Interagency Task Force West.
Captain Westfall holds a Master’s of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York. He has completed the Naval War College Command and Staff Distance Education Program. He also has received several individual and unit decorations and awards.