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Harry Coker, Jr.

Executive Director, National Security Agency


Mr. Harry Coker, Jr. is currently serving on a joint duty assignment as the Executive Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). In this capacity, he works with NSA's Director and Deputy Director to provide leadership in all areas of the enterprise and to represent NSA's interests both internally and externally.

Mr. Coker began his career in the civilian federal service in December of 2000 when he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Program Manager/Systems Engineer. During his CIA tenure Mr. Coker served in key leadership roles, to include Director, Open Source Enterprise; Deputy Director, CIA Office of Public Affairs (OPA); and as Director and Deputy in various components within CIA's Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T).

Prior to joining the civilian ranks, Mr. Coker served twenty years in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and an Engineering Duty Officer, retiring as a Commander. His Navy assignments included Gunnery and Missiles Officer, USS INGERSOLL (DD-990); Flag Lieutenant and Aide to Commander, Amphibious Group Two; Communications Engineer, Defense Communications Engineering Center (DCEC); Advanced SATCOM Officer, Navy Space Systems Division, Navy Staff; Deputy Director, Navy EHF SATCOM Program (NESP), PEO for Space and Communications Systems; and, Program Manager/Systems Engineer, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

In 2016, Mr. Coker was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for sustained accomplishments. He was also recognized by the CIA with the Don Cryer Award for Diversity & Inclusion Leadership in 2017.

Mr. Coker is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., Resources Management, 1980); the Naval Postgraduate School (M.S., Computer Science, 1987); and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1992). He has also completed the National Defense University's CAPSTONE Fellowship and the Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellowship.