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Captain Julia L. Slattery
Commanding Officer
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Captain Julia L. Slattery, a native of Los Altos, California, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Upon commissioning, she entered the Surface Warfare community and reported to USS WILLAMETTE (AO 180) serving as 1st LT/Replenishment Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant and deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 1996, she reported to USS BATAAN (LHD 5) as a Plankowner, serving as Fire Control Officer and deployed in support of Operation Full Provider in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

In 2000 she graduated as a Distinguished Graduate with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and was awarded the Military Operations Research Society award for Outstanding Thesis for 2000.

She next reported to USS O’KANE (DDG 77) as the Weapons/Combat Systems Officer, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Subsequently redesignated a Cryptologist she reported to Kunia Regional Security Operations Center (KRSOC) Hawaii in 2002 serving as Department Head of the analysis and reporting directorate.

In 2004 she reported to the staff of the Commander, US Fleet Forces Command, where she served as lead IO Planner. In 2007, she reported to the staff of Commander, 2nd Fleet where she served as the Fleet Cryptologic Resource Coordinator, Special Security Officer and JTF Assessment Cell lead. In 2009 she reported to Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) Suitland where she served as Acquisitions Department Head and lead of the Commander’s Action Group. She is also qualified as a Level II Acquisition Professional.

Captain Slattery commanded Navy Information Operations Command Bahrain from 2012 to 2014 providing Information Warfare direct support to CENTCOM combat operations and to Commander 5th Fleet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Maritime Security Operations in the NAVCENT area of responsibility. She is a 2015 graduate of the National Defense University Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, an Information Communications Technology focus and a Cyber Concentration.

Captain Slattery served on the Joint Staff as Division Chief, Cyber Policy Division in the J5 Global Policy and Partnerships Directorate. Her tour included assignment to the Office of the Chairman as Chief of Staff for the Chairman's New Administration Transition Team.

Captain Slattery is honored to serve as Commanding Officer, Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC).

Commander Victor Spears

Executive Officer

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A native of San Diego, California, graduated from Samuel F. B. Morse High School. Entered the United States Naval Academy and graduated in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He assumed his current duties as Executive Officer Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command in May 2017.

Began his career as a Cryptologist attending the Cryptologic Division Officer Course from August to December of 1996, and reported for duty at Naval Security Group Activity Fort Meade, Maryland. While assigned at Fort Meade, CDR Spears deployed on three Atlantic combatants (USS GRAYLING, USS BALTIMORE, and USS SAND LANCE) as well as served as the division officer for the Maritime Cryptologic Database Facility supporting worldwide Fleet requirements.

CDR Spears served as the Assistant Operations Officer and then Operations Officer conducting computer network operations in support of a national mission at Naval Security Group Activity Pensacola, Florida from 2002 to 2004. Following Pensacola, CDR Spears served at Naval Central Command/Commander FIFTH Fleet in Manama, Bahrain until early 2006, serving as the SIGINT Collection Manager and Assistant Naval Activities Control Officer. As well, he had the opportunity to serve as the HUMINT Collection Manager during a manpower shortfall.

CDR Spears next served at Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, California from 2006 to 2008 as the Force Cryptologist and Information Operations Officer supporting worldwide SEAL team combat operations. From 2009 to 2010, CDR Spears served on the SECNAV staff, supporting the Secretary's advisory panel and writing assessments on the Secretary's interest items such as Maritime Domain Awareness, Next Generation Network, Cyber Workforce, and Unmanned Systems.

From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Executive Officer of Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command, overseeing tremendous growth in manpower and mission during his tenure. CDR Spears next served at the NATO Maritime Command in Northwood, United Kingdom as the Information Operations Branch Chief from 2012-2015. He also served as the Executive Officer of the US element that experienced 50% growth in manpower to include the first US Flag Officer in the command.

CDR Spears returned to sea with Carrier Strike Group EIGHT from 2015-2017 as the Deputy Information Warfare Commander, deploying to C5F and C6F AORs supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

CDR Spears earned a Master of Science degree in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

ITCS(IW/SW/AW) James Halleran

Senior Enlisted Leader

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Senior Chief Halleran enlisted in 1999 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended recruit training and completed Information System Technician “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. He continued his military and technical education with the completion of Transmission System Technician “C” School (NEC 2379), Information Systems Administrator “C” School (NEC 2735), System Administrator “C” School (NEC 2791), Tactical Support Communications Operator (TSCOMM) “C” School (NEC 2375), Network Security Vulnerability Technician “C” School (NEC 2780), Navy Instructor “C” School (NEC 9502), Theatre Battle Management Core Systems “C” School (NEC 2709), and Information Communications Manager Course.

His tours include USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), San Diego, California; USS Coronado (AGF-11) San Diego, California; Commander Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic, Mayport, Florida; Pre-commissioning Unit USS Makin Island (LHD 8) San Diego, California; Center for Information Dominance (CID) Learning Site Norfolk, Virginia; USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) Gaeta, Italy, and Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Suffolk, Virginia. He has served on multiple Western Pacific deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom as well as deployments throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and South America. ITCS(IW/SW/AW) Halleran currently serves as the NCDOC Senior Enlisted Leader.

Senior Chief Halleran is a Master Training Specialist and a recipient of the Military Citizen of the Year Award. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and personal awards. He is a recipient of The President of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the President’s Call to Service Award.