CDR Miriam Smyth entered the Navy as an Intelligence Officer in 1994 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the College of the Holy Cross. In 2008, she graduated with honors from the Naval War College receiving her master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
CDR Smyth’s sea duty and operational assignments include collection manager for Carrier Air Wing Two from December 1998 to December 2000, deploying on the USS Constellation (CV 64) to the Persian Gulf. She also served in Bahrain at Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. Fifth Fleet from 2001-2002, working first as the primary regional naval analyst and then supporting planning and initial execution of Operation Enduring Freedom. She returned to Bahrain as an individual augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. As the assistant intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Group Eleven on the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from April 2005 to August 2007, she conducted two deployments to the Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf regions, executing combat operations in support of Operation Enduring and then Iraqi Freedom as well as maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf. She also served as the deputy director for the Intelligence Department at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. Tenth Fleet from February 2010 to November 2011.
Her shore assignments include duty at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific in Hawaii from September 1995 until December 1998. She also served at the Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego from 2002-2005, providing training to deploying strike groups and scripting for numerous war games. In Washington, D.C., CDR Smyth served as the deputy executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance/Director of Naval Intelligence (OPNAV N2/N6) from January 2009 through February 2010. Most recently, she served as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.