(May 24, 2019 - Present)
Captain William R. Daly
Chief of Staff

Captain Daly has focused on creating value for the Navy both afloat and ashore. His career has been marked by numerous deployments to multiple theaters of operations; he has planned and operated with 40 Navies and has visited 31 countries. In addition to his operational tours, he has trained for and been utilized in jobs requiring expertise in political-military affairs, strategy, and financial management and resourcing.

Afloat, Captain Daly deployed to operational areas in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Asia, Europe, and South America while serving on numerous cruiser and destroyer type ships. He commanded USS FARRAGUT, during which time he deployed to the Arabian Gulf and Sea, and the Mediterranean. He also commanded the famed Little Beavers of DESTROYER SQUADRON 23. In command of DESTROYER SQUADRON 23 he deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan as the Sea Combat Commander for the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Strike Group.

Ashore, Captain Daly served on the staffs of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (J8, Program and Budget Branch Chief), the Chief of Naval Operations (three tours – two in the Surface Warfare Directorate [N96] and one in the Strategy and Policy Directorate [N51]) and the Commander, Pacific Fleet (N3 Directorate). He is a Financial Management (FM) sub-specialist (with emphasis on resourcing and requirements), a proven Naval Strategy sub-specialist, and a Political-Military (POL-MIL) sub-specialist.

CAPT Daly has valued educational opportunities and professional development that provide unique exposure and insights into different ways of thinking. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy. He has master’s degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was the Navy’s Arthur Moreau Scholar for International Relations, and from the United States Naval War College. At the Naval War College he was the American student selected for the first full-year curriculum of the international officer’s program at the Naval Staff College. Captain Daly was an MIT Seminar XXI fellow and a fellow at the Department of State Foreign Service Institute’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar. He also completed Executive Education at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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