Navy Rear Admiral Nancy A. Norton is the Vice Director of the Defense
Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, she helps to lead a
global organization of military, civilian and contract personnel who plan,
develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control
capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure, in direct support of the
President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant
Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission
partners across the full spectrum of operations.
RADM Norton leads the efforts of an 8,000-member global organization
and manages a $10 billion annual budget.
RADM Norton, a native of Oregon, graduated from Portland State
University with a bachelor’s degree in general science. She was
commissioned in 1987 through the Navy Officer Candidate School. She holds master’s degrees in Computer
Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval
War College, where she was the President’s Honor Graduate. She served as a fellow on the Chief of Naval
Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group XXXII.
RADM Norton has served in information warfare billets at all levels, afloat and ashore. Her assignments
include Naval Communications Stations in Hawaii and Fallon, Nevada, as well as command in Bahrain. She
developed cyber security programs on the staffs of U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet. She directed
communications for Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 aboard the USS Enterprise and for the U.S. 6th Fleet and
Naval Forces Europe. She served multiple tours for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and as the
Director of Command, Control, Communications and Cyber, U.S. Pacific Command.
Prior to her current assignment, RADM Norton was the Director of Warfare Integration for Information
Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
RADM Norton’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit,
Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, Navy League Award, Young AFCEAN
Award, Copernicus Award, and the National Security Agency’s Frank B. Rowlett Award for personal
achievement in Information Security.