Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence

Scott Bray

Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence

Scott W. Bray holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. 

His experience includes intelligence analysis, intelligence collection, leadership of the Intelligence Community’s East Asia efforts, and extensive interagency integration. He held a number of analytic positions within the Office of Naval Intelligence, including analyst in the Submarine Warfare Operations Research Division (SWORD), senior analyst for Chinese naval warfare, Subject Matter Expert on Chinese Strategy and Doctrine, and the Navy’s Senior Intelligence Officer for China. He served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Defense Attaché in Beijing, China for two years.   

He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007. His tenure with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence began in 2010 when he became the Principal Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues. 

Most recently, Bray was the National Intelligence Manager for East Asia, the US Intelligence Community’s senior official for East Asia matters, from 2012 to 2020. He currently serves as Deputy Director for Naval Intelligence, in the Information Warfare Directorate on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff. 

In the News…

Officials with the Pentagon testified before a House Intelligence Subcommittee investigating UFOs or UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) but did not disclose additional information from their ongoing investigations into hundreds of unexplained sightings in the sky. The number of UAP sightings has significantly increased to approximately 400 from the 144 sightings reported between 2004 and 2021. 

Scott Bray, the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, told the committee, “We’ve seen an increasing number of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft or objects in military control training areas and training ranges and other designated airspace. Reports of sightings are frequent and continuous.” 

He said he thinks many of the new accounts of sightings are “historic reports that are narrative-based” from earlier incidents that people simply chose not to report.  

“Navy and Air Force crews now have step-by-step procedures for reporting UAPs on their kneeboard in the cockpit,” he testified. 


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