Rear Admiral David J. Dorsett is Director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.
Rear Adm. Dorsett graduated from Jacksonville University in 1978, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Following commissioning, he performed initial sea duty in USS Oldendorf (DD-972), and subsequently served as Executive Officer in USS Dominant (MSO-431).
Between 1983-1987, he served as an intelligence analyst and Operations Officer at FOSIC CINCUSNAVEUR, and provided intelligence support during Operations El Dorado Canyon, Attain Document and Prairie Fire. In 1987, he reported to COMSIXTHFLT as Political-Military Officer and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
He transferred to the U.S. Naval War College in 1989, serving as Executive Assistant for the CNO's Strategic Studies Group. He then served as the Intelligence Officer in USS Ranger (CV-61), participating in Operations Southern Watch and Restore Hope. Between 1993-1996, he directed the Operational Intelligence/Crisis Management Department at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific.
In 1996, Rear Adm. Dorsett transferred to Washington, D.C., where he directed the CNO's Intelligence Plot and then served as Director of Intelligence, Office of Naval Intelligence. Between 1998-1999, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence on the COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT staff, and participated in Operations Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Resolute Response, and other sensitive, nationally tasked combat and special operations.
Rear Adm. Dorsett commanded the Joint Intelligence Center (JICCENT), U.S. Central Command between 1999-2001, where he managed intelligence support to theater forces during Operations Southern Watch and Determined Response. In June 2001, he assumed duties as the Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Requirements and Resources on the OPNAV staff. He was selected for promotion to Rear Adm. (Lower Half) in May of 2003 and assigned as the Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence.
Rear Adm. Dorsett is a Naval Intelligence Officer, a Joint Specialty Officer, a specialist in Joint and Strategic Intelligence, and a qualified Surface Warfare Officer. He possesses significant experience in National Security Affairs (Europe and Middle East) and in Strategic Planning. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College and Armed Forces Staff College, and was awarded a Masters Degree from the Defense Intelligence College.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Updated: 6 October 2004