Thomas A. Darby

Maritime Domain Awareness
Director of National Intelligence’s National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office


Thomas A. Darby is responsible for working with Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, Academic, non-profit, and private stakeholders to improve Maritime Domain Awareness on the West Coast and Hawaii.

Before joining NMIO, Mr. Darby was responsible for the daily operations of a 120-person organization of current and long-term analysis of the strategy, operations, and employment of adversary naval forces worldwide.

Mr. Darby began his 16 years of civilian federal service in 2003, after a two-year mobilization to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001. A native of San Diego, California, Mr. Darby first entered federal service upon commissioning from the United States Naval Academy in 1991. He earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation aboard USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) and his Information Dominance Corps designation as a Navy Reservist.

Mr. Darby served in a variety of analytical and managerial positions in the ONI enterprise. He received numerous awards and commendations for his work in counter terrorism, civil maritime and naval warfare analysis as well as for creating training programs and managing technical programs. As a Commander in the Navy Reserve, he served as a Reserve Naval Attaché in support of embassies in Paris, London, Rome, and Berlin.

Mr. Darby earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1999 and a Master of Arts in National Security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College in 2011. He is natively fluent in French and German, has a working knowledge of Italian and Spanish, and some background in Japanese and Chinese.

He lives in Del Mar, California with his wife and children where he is an avid sailor and woodworker.