Rear Adm. Nancy Norton is a native of Oregon and graduated from Portland State University. Commissioned in 1987 through Officer Candidate School, Norton earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts from the Naval War College, as the president's honor graduate. She was a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XXXII fellow.
Norton has served in information warfare billets at all levels, including Naval Communications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific in Hawaii and Naval Telecommunications Center, Fallon, Nevada, as the officer in charge. She directed cyber security for U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet and commanded Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Norton served afloat as flag communications officer on the staff of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and on the staff of Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet where she was responsible for all fleet command, control, communications and computers (C4) issues afloat and ashore.
Headquarters assignments include Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N6; Navy's 2008 Quadrennial Defense Review office; and deputy director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. She served as executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations, then the chief of naval operations. As a flag officer she served as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command, and most recently as the director of warfare integration for information warfare (OPNAV N2N6F).
Norton currently serves as vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. In this role, she helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian and contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the resident, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, Department of Defense components and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.
Norton is the recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Additionally, she is a recipient of a Navy League Award, Young AFCEAN Award, Copernicus Award and the National Security Agency's Frank B. Rowlett Award for personal achievement in Information Security.