RDML Joshua Himes, USN

Department of Defense
Vice Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff


RDML Joshua Himes, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, graduated and was commissioned in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic History. He subsequently graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001.

Fleet assignments include Carrier Air Wing Eleven, embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Kitty Hawk; Carrier Strike Group Twelve, embarked in USS Enterprise; and Carrier Strike Group Two, embarked in USS George H. W. Bush, where he served as the Flag Intelligence Officer on its maiden deployment. He returned to Carrier Strike Group Twelve as the Information Warfare Commander, preparing USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) for its maiden deployment. He most recently served as the Chief of Staff for Fleet Cyber Command/Naval Space Command. He has participated in Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and numerous 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th Fleet actions.

Shore assignments include service as the Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Joint Special Operations Command; on the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Intelligence in the National Military Command Center and as Senior Editor for the Chairman/SECDEF Daily Intelligence Brief; at the USINDOPACOM, USEUCOM and USJFCOM Joint Intelligence Centers; as the Theater Intel Liaison to the Combined Air Operations Center in Vicenza, Italy during Operation Allied Force; as the Governance Team Chief at ISAF Joint Command in Kabul; as the Expanded Maritime Interdiction Operations Team Chief at Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain; and as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.

RDML Himes has commanded the multinational Southern Region Joint Operational Intelligence Cell in Naples, Italy; the Defense Intelligence Agency Navy Element in Washington D.C.; and the Joint Intelligence Center, USCENTCOM, in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to numerous personal and unit awards, he is the recipient of the Admiral B.R. Inman Award for Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School, the Military Intelligence Corps’ Knowlton Award, and the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership.

Last Updated: 12 February 2024


Last updated on: June 21, 2024