William Flynn

Director, Cryptologic, Electronic, and Cyber Warfare

A member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES), Mr. Flynn is currently serving as the Director for Cryptologic, Electronic and Cyber Warfare for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6). Where he leads the execution of oversight and resource sponsorship for key Navy Cryptographic, Electronic Warfare and Cyber Mission force capabilities.

Mr. Flynn is a graduate of Georgetown University, his naval service began when he received a Naval Reserve commission through Aviation Officers Candidate School and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1984. His operational tour in the EA-6B Prowler included worldwide deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Coral Sea (CV 43) with Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 133 (VAQ-133). In the fall of 1988 he was assigned to the SPEAR (Strike Projection Evaluation and Anti-Air Research) division at the Navy Operational Intelligence Center. He left active duty in December of 1991, and joined the Office of Naval Intelligence as a civilian, holding a variety of managerial positions in C4ISR and related operations. In 1997 he was selected for a 1-year special assignment in the Joint Intelligence Research Office (JIRO) as part of a special materials analysis team. From 1998 to 2003 he was the Deputy Department Head for Foreign C4ISR and intelligence support to Information Operations.

In July of 2003 he was promoted to executive rank as a Senior Intelligence Professional to serve as the Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence for Intelligence Support on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff. By 2008 as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive he oversaw all substantive and operational intelligence support provided to Navy leadership, integrating daily intelligence production, service, and joint intelligence watch support as well as Deep Red’s alternative analysis functions.

From 2008 through 2012 he was the founding director of the Farragut Technical Analysis Center for the Office of Naval Intelligence. The Farragut Center focuses all-source scientific and technical analysis on foreign naval capabilities, working closely with the acquisition and countermeasures communities preparing the Navy to meet current and future challenges.

From 2012 through 2014 he served in a Joint Duty Assignment as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s lead for Analytic Modernization, developing an Intelligence Community governance structure for Object Based Production.

He also served as a Naval Reservist as an EA-6B Mission Commander with VAQ-209 at NAF Washington from 1992 to 2003. Operational experiences included extensive combat missions supporting Operations Deny Flight and Allied Force in the Balkans, and four tours with Operation Northern and Southern Watch over Iraq.

Last updated on: June 8, 2021