Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter today named Special Agent Thomas A. Betro as director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) succeeding former Director David L. Brant, who retired in December. Prior to his selection as director, Betro served as NCIS deputy director for operations.
“He is the right person for the job, Winter said. “He has ideas, abilities and the respect of other federal law enforcement executives, the trust of the NCIS team and my full support and confidence.”
Betro, 46, is a native of Walpole, Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College in 1981 and the following year joined NCIS as a special agent.
Since then he has held a wide range of assignments and leadership positions including two tours as a special agent afloat on board the USS John F. Kennedy and the USS Enterprise. He has served overseas in both the Republic of the Philippines and in Iceland. After serving in NCIS leadership positions in Philadelphia and Newport, Betro was named chief, Pacific Division, Counterintelligence Directorate, NCIS HQ.
In March 1999, Betro was assigned as NCIS deputy assistant director for counterintelligence operations with responsibility for worldwide counterintelligence investigations, operations, and analysis for the Navy Anti-Terrorism Alert Center (ATAC). Betro also distinguished himself outside NCIS as deputy national counterintelligence executive (NCIX), later serving as the acting NCIX. The NCIX is appointed by the President to serve as head of national counterintelligence.
Betro received a number of awards including the Naval Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2000. In 1996, he attended the Naval War College, where he earned the James Forrestal Award for Excellence in Strategy and Force Planning.