On Friday, President Trump announced that he has chosen Joseph Maguire, a Navy special operations veteran, to be the top counterterrorism official in the country, replacing Russell Travers as acting head of the National Counterterrorism Center.
The Navy Times reported that Maguire has led the Special Operations Warrior Foundation as its president and chief executive officer since 2013, but his last government role was as deputy director for strategic operational planning at the U.S. counterterrorism center.
He is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and retired from his naval career as a vice admiral after 36 years in service in 2010. Maguire has gone through each level of the Naval Special Warfare Command, which is the Navy component of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Maguire graduated from Manhattan College in 1974, the Naval Postgraduate School in 1985, and was also a 1994-95 National Security Fellow at Harvard University.
The NCC helps support national counterterrorism efforts by collecting both foreign and domestic information, examining terrorist activity and providing information to other organizations they are partnered with.