Vice Admiral Marshall B. Lytle III is the Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber, Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He develops C4 capabilities; conducts analysis and assessments; provides Joint and Combined Force C4 guidance, and evaluates C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Vice Admiral Lytle is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, he was assigned to duty on board the USCGC BOUTWELL in Seattle, WA as the Anti-submarine and Weapons Officer. In 1983 he moved to Miami, FL and served tours in the District Seven Command Center and in what is now the District Seven Maritime Intelligence Center.
In 1989, Vice Admiral Lytle was selected for the Post Graduate Training Program and attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. He graduated in 1991 with a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master's Certificate in Telecommunications. Vice Admiral Lytle's next tour took him out of Miami to the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Groton, CT. In 1995, Vice Admiral Lytle returned to Miami to serve as the Operations Officer for Coast Guard Group Miami until 1997 and then as the Commanding Officer of Electronic Systems Support Unit Miami. From 2000 to 2003 he served as a Division Chief in the Information Systems Directorate at the Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM). From 2003 to 2005 he completed duty at CG Headquarters as the Chief, Office of Command and Control Capability. He returned to TISCOM in 2005 to serve as the Commanding Officer. From 2008 to 2011, Vice Admiral Lytle held the position of Deputy Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6d), with over a year of that period also serving as the Acting Assistant Commandant for C4IT and the Coast Guard Chief Information Officer. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U. S. Cyber Command.
Most recently Vice Admiral Lytle served as the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT) and Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command. As the Assistant Commandant for C4IT, he was responsible for the management and oversight of all Coast Guard C4IT operational, business, and infrastructure assets. As the Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, he was responsible for providing a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment that allowed for the execution of Coast Guard operations.
Vice Admiral Lytle's decorations include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Commandant's Letter of Commendation, various Coast Guard and Navy Unit Commendations and Coast Guard Expert Medals for both Rifle and Pistol.