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Rear Admiral Curt Copley, USN

Rear Admiral Curt Copley assumed command of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and became Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in June 2021.

His previous Flag Officer assignments include deputy director of operations, National Security Agency; director of intelligence, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan; director of intelligence, U.S. Strategic Command; and deputy chief of special collection operations, National Security Agency.

Rear Adm. Copley’s command tours include U.S. Central Command’s Joint Intelligence Center (JICCENT) as well as the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center (KIWC), Office of Naval Intelligence.

His operational tours include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA- 151), embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) in Japan; assistant intelligence officer, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); augmented Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F) in Gaeta, Italy, just prior to Operation Allied Force; and deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan as director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Task Forces.

Shore assignments included Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific staff, Lemoore, Calif.; Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility (FOSIF), Spain; Joint Analysis Center (JAC), United Kingdom; U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), Germany; Center of Naval Intelligence, Va.; Navy Staff as N2/N6 Integration Branch head, Pentagon; and director of intelligence for Naval Special Warfare Group, Va. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and with highest distinction from the College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS) in Newport, R.I., where he was selected as an associate fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XX. He returned to the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XXXIII in 2013 as a fellow and developed operational concepts for maritime operations in 2020.

Capt Culotta

Captain Charles C. Culotta III, USCG

Captain Culotta currently serves as the Deputy Director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO). In 2016, NMIO was formally designated as the National Intelligence Manager for Maritime by the Director of National Intelligence. Within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, NMIO works to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and national-level Maritime Domain Awareness.

CAPT Culotta’s prior operational assignments include serving as a Deck Watch Officer and Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer on USCGC DECISIVE (WMEC 629), Marine Inspector and Investigating Officer at Marine Safety Office New Orleans, and Chief, Vessel Boardings and Security at Sector San Francisco where he planned and executed anti-terrorism operations including armed Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security boardings and Positive Control Measures on High Interest Vessels.

Following graduate school, Captain Culotta served in multiple staff assignments. Captain Culotta most recently served at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center in Washington, DC where he was responsible for managing the Officer Evaluation System for the officer corps.

Captain Culotta is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with honors in Marine and Environmental Science. His personal awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

Principal Advisor to Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

A. Lyston Lea, II

Mr. Lyston Lea serves as the Principal Advisor to the Director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level service in 2014.  NMIO is the National Intelligence Manager for Maritime and serves the Director of National Intelligence on maritime issues as the unified maritime voice of the United States Intelligence Community (IC). Bringing over 37 years of experience in the IC, Mr. Lea works to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and national-level Maritime Domain Awareness. 

Mr. Lea's recent operational leadership includes resourceful response during the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as the senior level advisor, thought leader and mentor for the Global Maritime Community of Interest, which includes senior executives in the IC, Federal, State & Local Interagency, International, Industry, Academia and NGOs. As the IC Senior Representative, he advises on priorities, requirements, and solutions to guide national strategies aimed to promote maritime Polar investment, more robust maritime cyber security, to protect critical US ports and infrastructure, and to advocate for national security interests in climate resiliency. Examples of his responsibilities to coordinate key IC research and technology initiatives include the Maritime Domain Awareness Executive Steering Committee, the White House Ocean Policy Committee, and the Maritime SAFE Act Interagency Working Group, where he guides US measures to counter Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and lead the Maritime Intelligence Coordination Sub-Working Group to synchronize IC resources dedicated to countering global IUU Fishing.

Prior to NMIO, he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), working in the Analytic Integrity and Standards Office on comprehensive tradecraft evaluation programs to improve the information accuracy, in support of reforms following the 9/11 Commission and Iraq WMD Commission. 

Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Lea served in the Defense Intelligence Agency, as a Senior Briefer for the J2's daily Intelligence Briefing to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as Deputy Office Chief of the Defense Warning Office, overseeing and directing budget, personnel and technical activities. 

Mr. Lea has been recognized as Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'s Intelligence Working Group on NATO Enlargement, where he successfully led the integration of the military intelligence services of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. He was also the first US Deputy to the NATO Intelligence Board, in charge of NATO agreed intelligence production, following his service on the Arms Control Intelligence Staff, where he orchestrated US bilateral programs with NATO Allies monitoring conventional arms control treaties.

Mr. Lea earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the National War College, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Washington & Jefferson College. He is also a graduate of the Defense Leadership and Management Program, and the Leading the Intelligence Community course. Upon graduation from college, he was commissioned through ROTC as a second lieutenant in the US Army Reserve.  Mr. Lea has numerous personal and unit awards, which are all a tribute to the civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen he has served with in his career.