Former U.S. Southern Command deputy commander Joseph Kernan was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence on Monday, the White House announced. Kernan would serve as a high-ranking civilian adviser on intelligence matters to Secretary of Defense James Mattis if confirmed by the Senate.
Kernan currently works as a senior vice president at SAP National Security Services, a company that deals with big data and national security missions. His LinkedIn profile indicates that he works in Miami. Kernan is also a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and previously worked as a senior military assistant to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Kernan, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1977-2013, also worked as a Navy SEAL commander. The U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Doral, oversees U.S. Military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.