U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Completed the Senior Executive Fellows course at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Served 28 years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer in five separate ships; commanding two – USS PEGASUS (PHM-1) and USS THORN (DD988). Focus while assigned in surface ships was Weapons and Combat Systems. Held principal staff positions ashore in the U.S. Naval Academy (Instructor), Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (Chief of Exercises), Naval Amphibious School (Deputy Director for Total Quality Leadership), a first tour in Commander, U.S. Central Command (Chief of Exercises; Division Chief, Transformation and Integration; Deputy Director, Resources and Assessment); and Office of the Secretary of Defense (Military Advisor to the Director, Defense Research and Engineering).
Currently employed as the Chief of Science and Technology Division and Command Science Advisor to U.S. Central Command located in Tampa, Florida. Directs a staff chartered to conduct discovery, research, analysis, and sponsor development of new and emerging technologies and techniques which have the potential to provide solutions to Headquarters and Component validated Joint needs. Additionally, pursues integrating and non-material solutions to satisfy current and future military operational capability gaps. Holds a Level III Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) qualification for Technology Management. Frequently lectures on technology impacts to the current and future military force.
The United States Central Command is a theater-level Unified Combatant Command of the U.S. Department of Defense. It was established in 1983, taking over the previous responsibilities of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force.