Rear Admiral Paul Becker served three decades as a Naval Intelligence Officer where he built and led large, successful, interagency and international teams around the globe in peace, crisis and combat. He's managed risk with a strategic perspective gained from senior assignments within the National Intelligence Community and regional expertise based on assignments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. His service includes: Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC, the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan, Commanding Officer of Central Command's Joint Intelligence Center in Tampa and was a Naval Attaché to France. In these positions he provided advice resulting in the development and implementation of national security policies and actions.
June 4 marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the greatest naval battle in American history and the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. Midway is without equal for significance and drama. Its lessons for war planning, war fighting, and war winning are as applicable today as they were in 1942. At Midway, a superior Japanese fleet was surprised and defeated by smaller, less combat-experienced U.S. naval forces. The U.S. victory ensured the Japanese would never again conduct effective large-scale, offensive naval operations during the war. It was a victory enabled by superb intelligence, advanced by sound decision-making and assured by the skill, courage, and sacrifice of those who sailed and flew in harm’s way.