Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach

USN, Director
Director of National Intelligence’s National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office


Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach is a 1990 graduate of George Washington University. She received her commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and was designated a naval intelligence officer.

Aeschbach’s operational assignments included Patrol Squadron (VP) 6, with deployments to Adak, Alaska, and Okinawa, Japan; Amphibious Squadron 1, deploying to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf; and Carrier Strike Group 9, taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Her ashore assignments were Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Aiea, Hawaii; Tactical Training Group Pacific, San Diego; Naval Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee; U.S. Naval Forces Europe, London; U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida; a military fellow at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, McLean, Virginia; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff, Pentagon; and Naval Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia. She commanded Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, Norfolk Virginia from 2013 to 2015.

As a flag officer, Aeschbach served as deputy director of intelligence for U.S. Forces–Afghanistan, and director of intelligence for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Aeschbach’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Mark DuPont, Executive Director, International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

Mark DuPont has provided expert consultation, assessments, intelligence, predictive analysis, training, exercises and evaluation for the port security, maritime law enforcement and emergency responder community. With over 35 years of organizational and entrepreneurial leadership, as a maritime law enforcement/military/port security specialist, he provides a unique blend of federal, state, local, private, and non-profit sector perspective and knowledge.

As a Master Training, facilitator, and instructional designer with the motto of “Praeparo Custodis” (Ready the Guardians,) Mark DuPont contributes to the enhancement of the response, prevention and protection capabilities of maritime public safety professionals throughout the world, having developed and implemented a national standard of training and certification recognized by all 50 United States and six US territories, and the United States Coast Guard.

Mark’s positions and achievements as the Chief Intelligence Office for the State of Florida’s FWC (the largest conservation law enforcement agency in the world), and as a Homeland Security and Intelligence Officer for the United States Coast Guard, give him a wealth of experience to share.