LCDR Mariangel Ibarra, USN
LCDR Mariangel Ibarra was born in Glendale, California and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 with a B.S. in English. Following graduation and commissioning as a Cryptologic Officer, she was assigned to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Ft Meade and worked in the Weapons and Space Division and the National Security Operations Center of the National Security Agency (NSA).
In the summer of 2000, LCDR Ibarra was transferred to NSGA Medina working at the Medina Regional Security Operations Center in San Antonio, TX. While assigned to NSGA Medina, LCDR Ibarra served the command in several capacities including Senior Watch Officer in the 24/7 Watch Operations Center, Deputy Head of the Global Missions Division (J34), and N3 Department Head. She earned a M.A. in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio during this tour, graduating just prior to her transfer to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii in 2003. During her tour of duty at NIOC Hawaii and NSA Hawaii, LCDR Ibarra was assigned as the Communications Center Division Officer, Deputy of the Computer Network Exploitation Department, and Chief, Hawaii Security Operations Center.
In 2006, LCDR Ibarra transferred to Naval Space and Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, CA. While at the Systems Center, LCDR Ibarra served as a Project Manager for several SIGINT/IO projects and as the Information Operations Liaison to the command. As the Liaison, she was responsible for bringing the Fleet needs to the Systems Center and ensuring the operators' voice was heard and heeded in the development of new SIGINT/IO systems.
Her knowledge and experience of the Acquisition community gained her an assignment at Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) as a Contracting Officer Representative and Department Head of Experimentation and Testing in 2010. She earned a Level II Certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development & Engineering - Systems Engineering from the Defense Acquisition University and successfully completed numerous Fleet exercises and experiments. LCDR Ibarra is currently assigned as the NCWDG Liaison to the Center for Cyber Security Studies.