Vice Adm. Norton currently serves as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander, Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network. In her role as director, she leads 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. In her role as commander, she is charged with the direction and synchronization of defensive cyberspace activities, providing unity of command and unity of effort across the DOD.
Vice Adm. 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.
As a flag officer she served as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command, as the director of warfare integration for information warfare (OPNAV N2N6F) and most recently she served as the vice director for the Defense Information Systems Agency.
She 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.