Lieutenant Commander Matthew Dalton joins the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellow

August 22, 2019

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is proud to announce that decorated cryptologic warfare officer Lieutenant Commander Matthew Dalton has joined the Council as a U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellow. He is available to speak on the record about his operational experience and comment on breaking news around national and international security. The Council is one of only 13 institutions to be selected to host a Navy Federal Executive Fellow.

“Lieutenant Commander Dalton is a national security and information warfare expert whose experience, leadership, and intimate knowledge of the U.S. military’s strategic global role will add enormous value to the Council’s understanding of global security,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “We are honored to once again be selected as a leading global institution to host the prestigious Navy Federal Executive Fellowship.”

Dalton has conducted extensive intelligence and cyberspace operations throughout South America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific, where he served as a cryptologic warfare officer responsible for signals intelligence, information operations, and cyberspace operations onboard surface units, Navy special warfare units, and at national agencies. He also served as the flag aide to the director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office and as the executive assistant to the Director of Intelligence, U.S. Cyber Command.

“I look forward to working with Council experts, outside partners, and the media to share my perspective on global security, current strategic threats, and the U.S. military’s crucial role in today’s world,” said Dalton.

Dalton most recently served as the Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka, Japan executive officer, and deputy commander, Task Force 1070.2 where he led a team of Information Warfare Community officers and enlisted personnel conducting signals intelligence, information warfare, and cyber operations throughout the western Pacific.

Dalton has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and service awards. In 2005, Dalton received his commission from the United States Naval Academy.

The U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellowship aims to cultivate naval strategists by placing them with world-class policy and research institutions. It encourages fellows to "think big" and allows them to exercise intellectual freedom in diverse research areas to improve their interdisciplinary understanding of the global security landscape.