LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MCKINNEY is a cryptologic warfare officer assigned to Navy Information Operations Command, Texas, where he works for U.S. Cyber Command at 600 Combat Mission Team. A prior enlisted sonar and cryptologic technician, he has deployed numerous times throughout Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility.

Articles by Dusty McKinney


Lead Like a Coach

By Lieutenant Commander Dusty McKinney, U.S. Navy
April 2023
Junior officers can take leadership notes from youth sports coaches for earning trust, developing their teams, and cultivating young leaders.

The Navy’s STEM Diversity Problem

By Lieutenant Commanders Dusty McKinney and Patrick Rumsey, U.S. Navy
June 2022
Diversity & Inclusion Essay Contest—First Prize sponsored by Raytheon Technologies. The high STEM degree requirement for officers conflicts with the service’s diversity goal.
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Navy Cyber Needs a Refit

By Lieutenant Commander Dusty McKinney, U.S. Navy
February 2022
Information Warfare Essay Contest—Second Prize, Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton. To retain cyber operators, the Navy must offer better pay and training.