Derek L. MacInnis

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Derek MacInnis faculty photo


Derek MacInnis graduated from the University of Maine and was commissioned into the Navy as an intelligence officer in 1992. He served in various assignments around the world for 29 years and lived overseas for 13 years. An intelligence generalist, he has experience in diplomatic assignments, intelligence collections management, foreign disclosure policy, counterterrorism analysis, intelligence planning, budget formulation, senior executive support, and joint and operational planning. He received his master's degree from the Naval War College in 2006 and grew up in Massachusetts.

Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism
  • GWOT
  • Intel
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare
  • Policy
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights


Intelligence Functional Lead for the Assist and Assess Team

Began a five-year assignment on the Naval War College Assist and Assess Team, working with the numbered fleets to improve their proficiency at planning and executing operations at the operational level of war.

Staff Officer on OPNAV N2/N6

Began a three-year assignment to the Program and Budget Integration office on the OPNAV N2/N6 staff in the Pentagon, where he helped build the Navy budget submission. He was able to work with USD(I) and Congressional Staffs, and became a senior executive briefer.

Intelligence Diplomat

Spent three years in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as the Deputy in the Defense Intelligence Liaison Office and worked closely with Canadian national and defence intelligence organizations, as well as Canadian national security bodies while representing US Defense Intelligence interests.

HQ ISAF J35 Intelligence Planner

Spent seven months on the staff of HQ ISAF J35 as their senior intelligence planner and worked closely with the J5 and Afghan National Security Advisor to help develop the Afghan National Threat Assessment.


M.S., U.S. Naval War College, 2006, National Security Affairs

B.A., University of Maine, 1992, History

Related Credentials

Joint Duty Specialty
Level 3

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