My name is Sean Heritage and I am a proud Husband and Father who happens to be a Naval Officer.  Though my profession is that of a career Sailor, I am a self-professed Leader, Team-Builder, Talent Magnet, Mind Stretcher, and Multiplier. My desire to help others realize their potential is grounded in the interest others continue to take in helping me to realize mine.  For those interested in knowing more about me, my official Navy bio follows…


Captain Sean Robert Heritage, a native of Pleasanton, California, entered the United States Navy as a member of the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He joined the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in August of 2017 after turning over his duties as Commanding Officer Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command and Commander Task Force 1020.

As a Cryptologic Warfare Officer, Heritage began his career at Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Adak, Alaska, where he served as the Collections, High Frequency Direction Finding and CLASSIC WIZARD Division Officer. He then reported to the National Security Agency as an operations officer serving within the National Systems Processing Office, Information Operations Technology Center (IOTC) and liaison officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Information Operations Directorate (J39). In 1998, he joined the Commander, Sixth Fleet Staff embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF-3) homeported in Gaeta, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Fleet Information Warfare Officer during Operation ALLIED FORCE. Fortunate enough to enjoy successive tours in Italy, Captain Heritage served as the Executive Officer of NSGA Naples from 2000 to 2002, where he led a talented team of Sailors providing communications support to shore and afloat units operating throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for Carrier Strike Group 11/USS NIMITZ Strike Group during deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean.

As Cryptologic Warfare Community Strategy and Policy Director for the Information Warfare Type Commander, he led numerous aspects of both development and implementation of the Human Capital Strategy across the three Cryptologic Warfare Officer designators and all five cryptologic technician ratings. As the Total Force Information Warfare and Cryptologic Warfare Officer Community Manager from 2008 to 2010, among other strategic initiatives, he led the team that created the Cyber Warfare Engineer and Cyber Warrant Officer designators, as well as the formalization of the collaborative Information Warfare Community (IWC) governance model. During the period between 2010 and 2012, he served as the Commanding Officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola. Prior to his major command tour, he served at United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) where he was the Director of Exercises, Training and Readiness and later the Executive Assistant to Commander, USCYBERCOM and Director, National Security Agency.

Captain Heritage has earned Masters of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Naval War College in the fields of Information Technology Management and National Security Studies, respectively. The Sailors with whom he has served over the course of his career have accomplished much and their contributions have given Joint and Navy Commanders reason to award him with various personal decorations, which he proudly considers team awards. He remains most appreciative of the relationships he continues to build and opportunities afforded to lead across and beyond the Fleet with valued “Shipmates” from each of the Services.