Admiral Jeffrey Trussler, Director of Naval Intelligence

Admiral Jeffrey Trussler

Director of Naval Intelligence

Jeffrey Trussler is a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. He was commissioned at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was also a Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest.

Shore and staff assignments include Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Pacific Fleet nuclear propulsion examining board. He had two tours at the Navy Personnel Command, the Joint Staff and the Navy Staff.

At sea and operational assignments, Trussler served as a division officer on USS Honolulu, engineer officer on USS Tennessee, and executive officer on USS Columbus. He commanded the USS Maryland, and was the first commander of Task Force 69 of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy. He was the first commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center, and director, Future Plans on the Navy Staff.

He assumed duties as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence in June 2020.

In the News…

While many in the U.S. military discount reports regarding unidentified flying objects (UFOs) as inconclusive, the Pentagon’s UFO unit will make some of its findings public within the next five months, according to reports coming out of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, based at the Office of Naval Intelligence, was declared un-operational three years ago, but apparently is still in existence.

According to a Senate report published last month, the task force will “submit a report within 180 days… to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena (also known as ‘automatous aerial vehicles’), including observed airborne objects that have not been identified.” The report is to be detailed and unclassified.

In April, the Pentagon officially released videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena” known as “LIR1,” “Gimbal” and “Go Fast,” previously captured by Navy aircraft. The footage had actually circulated in the public for years.


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