Director & Program Manager
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Maritime Security Program
Supervisory Special Agent Clinton J Morano currently serves as the Unit Chief for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Joint Terrorism Task Force - 2 (NJTTF-2), located at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in McLean, Virginia. He assumed his current duties October 1st, 2015. He has oversight of 900+ FBI Agents and Task Force Officers assigned to FBI Field Offices across the country. SSA Morano directly supervises over 30 employees from various Federal Agencies and an annual budget of over $600,000 a year. The programs he currently is responsible for are the Campus Liaison Program (CLP), Civil Aviation Security Program (CASP), Maritime Security Program (MSP), Pipeline Security, National Tripwire Program and the Rail Security Program (RSP).
SSA Morano reported to the FBI, January 1999 after serving ten and a half years Active Duty in the United States Navy. His first assignment upon reported to New York was to Counterintelligence Branch of the FBI, where he investigated Foreign Intelligence activities targeting the United States.
On September 11, 2001, SSA Morano reported to the Counterterrorism Branch to assist with the investigation of the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center. SSA Morano conducted evidence collection and interviews for months following the attacks. He then volunteered to be transferred permanently to a Reactive Counterterrorism Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Squad. He was selected as the Secondary Relief Supervisor and given the task of establishing the first JTTF at the Long Island Resident Agency. SSA Morano Supervised a task force of Nassau and Suffolk county Detectives, New York State Police, as well as other FBI Agents and Task Force Agents.
In March of 2006 after a one year recall to Active Duty with the United States Navy, SSA Morano reported to the JFKRA where he assumed responsibility as an Airport Liaison Agent (ALA). He was quickly made Secondary Relief Supervisor and then in 2010 made the Principal Relief Supervisor. SSA Morano was the subject matter expert for Aviation Cargo Security. He, with fellow JTTF Air Force Office of Special Investigation Task Force members, created a program to expand Domain Awareness in the Cargo Community by leveraging contact in both the private and public sector. After 16 years in New York, SSA Morano was promoted and transferred to FBIHQ where he assumed the position of Program Manager for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). He was responsible for managing over 120 Maritime Liaison Agents (MLA) through the FBI as well as coordinating Maritime Security efforts across the Interagency and Department of Defense.
Prior to the FBI, SSA Morano served in the Navy as a P3C Orion Naval Flight Officer. His first tour was with VP-47, stationed in Moffett Field, California. He participated in two deployments to the Western Pacific and qualified as Navigator Communicator (NAVCOM), Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander and NFO Instructor. In December 1992, then Lieutenant Morano reported to the Navy ROTC Unit at Vanderbilt University, where he served and the 4th Class Advisor and Recruiting Officer. During his time at Vanderbilt he doubled the size of the Unit and authored MOU’s with Belmont Nursing School and Tennessee State University. In April 1996, LT Morano reported to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) where he served as a Tactical Actions Officer (TAO) and Operations Training Officer. He qualified as Assistant Command Duty Officer and participated in a deployment to Mediterranean and Persian Gulf.
Upon completion of his Active Duty commitment, SSA Morano entered the Navy Reserves where he served on several staffs, two tours as Executive Officer of NATO support Unit’s and one tour as Commanding Officer of the Navy Recruiting Support Unit for the New York area. He was recalled to Active Duty in March, 2005 and assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff at the Pentagon as the Program Manager/Action Officer for the Global War on Terror. Commander Morano requested transfer to the inactive Reserves in 2011 after 23 years of service. His awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals.
Raised in Western New York, SA Morano graduated from Buffalo State College, Magna Cum Laude, in December 1987 with a degree in History. Special Agent Morano also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff course.