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CHIPS Articles: NIWC Atlantic Leverages Technical Leadership of Senior Scientific Technical Managers

NIWC Atlantic Leverages Technical Leadership of Senior Scientific Technical Managers
Meet the SSTMs; Vacancies Announced
By Susan Piedfort, NIWC Atlantic Public Affairs - March 28, 2019
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic is leveraging the expertise of Senior Scientific Technical Managers (SSTMs) to meet and exceed the highly technical information warfare needs of the Navy. With 15 SSTMs authorized and 13 hired to date, NIWC Atlantic is influencing Navy development on a national level, while reinforcing the center’s stature as a leading edge technical laboratory.

The two most recently authorized positions, Rapid Prototyping SSTM and Test and Evaluation SSTM, will be announced soon on the Office of Personnel website at http://www.usajobs.gov.

SSTM leadership positions are NIWC Atlantic’s answer to the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) call for agility to keep pace with technology and the tactics of adversaries, and enable the command to develop and deliver capabilities that expand our nation’s information warfare advantage.

“These SSTM positions enhance and increase NIWC Atlantic technical leadership in science and engineering capabilities that strengthen our ability to deliver information warfare solutions to our naval forces,” said NIWC Atlantic Executive Director Chris Miller.

SSTM positions were authorized under the FY14 and FY16 National Defense Authorization Acts “to engage in research and development in the physical, biological, medical or engineering sciences, or another field closely related to the mission of the Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL).” SSTMs are positions which exceed the ND-05 (GS-15) level, with salaries ranging from $126,148 to $189,600 a year.

At NIWC Atlantic, SSTMs provide a continuity of technical leadership and oversight that ensures long-term stewardship of technical capabilities. Typically, applicants for SSTM positions have a graduate degree in a technical field, significant research or development experience and a national or international reputation in his/her field.

NIWC Atlantic’s SSTMs fill leadership positions in critical technical growth areas that align to the needs of the Navy, such as cybersecurity, data science and analytics, cloud computing, enterprise resource tools, autonomy and mobility. NIWC Atlantic’s SSTMs represent more than 300 years of collective technical and government experience and advanced degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, systems engineering, physics and engineering management.

NIWC Atlantic’s recent SSTM designations were for department heads for the Expeditionary Warfare, Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence (C4I)/Fleet Readiness, Shore Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR)/Integration and Enterprise Systems departments. A brief description of their cutting-edge capabilities follow.

Kevin Charlow, Expeditionary Warfare SSTM Department Head, provides strategic technical leadership for C4ISR for the Navy, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command. He has more than 30 years of Navy civil service experience, a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in computer and information resources management from Webster University.

Charlie Adams, SSTM Department Head for C4I/Fleet Readiness, is responsible for C4ISR, Networks and Information Assurance programs in support of SPAWAR Program Executive Office for C4I systems and the Fleet Readiness Directorate. During his 34-year civil service career Adams has held various technical leadership positions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of South Carolina and holds several certifications.

Bruce Carter, SSTM Department Head for Shore C2ISR/Integration, cultivates and leverages partnerships with engineering communities in other Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy organizations including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, warfare centers, CNO, Office of Naval Research and Fleet Cyber Command. Prior to his government tenure, Carter was an engineer with General Electric and also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.

Patrick Fitzgerald, SSTM Department Head for Enterprise Systems, leads the delivery of acquisition, architecture and engineering services in support of the Naval Enterprise Networks acquisition life cycle. Fitzgerald has more than 20 years of government service. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from University of Delaware and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science, Technology Management (specializing in information systems and services) from the University of Maryland.

Ann Rideout, NIWC Atlantic SSTM for Communication and Networks, provides technical strategic leadership for the development, integration and deployment of Communications and Networks capabilities from concept through fielding. She has more than 23 years of federal service and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from American University. Rideout has completed all requirements but the dissertation toward a PhD in systems engineering at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

Dr. Suzanne Huerth is the SSTM Chief Technology Officer and Science and Technology Competency Lead for NIWC Atlantic, directing rapid prototyping and technology transitions and managing laboratory-directed science and technology stewardship programs to include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) activities. Dr. Huerth has 20 years of federal service and received Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and physics from North Carolina State University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in physics from North Carolina State University. She also earned a Master of Engineering in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School's distance learning program.

NIWC Atlantic’s first SSTM hire was former Deputy Executive Director Bill Deligne in December 2016. The deputy executive director is responsible for the execution of NIWC Atlantic’s technical work, applying systems engineering and programmatic discipline to deliver information warfare solutions to warfighters. The deputy executive director provides technical stewardship and expert advice to the fleet, resource sponsors and other stakeholders in the cyber warfare and business IT domains. Deligne came to NIWC Atlantic with 31 years of federal service, previously serving as executive director at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Deligne received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

Pete Reddy, recently selected to succeed Deligne as NIWC Atlantic’s deputy executive director, previously served as NIWC Atlantic SSTM Chief Engineer. The former Marine officer brings a wealth of knowledge and technical leadership experience in executing R&D, cyber and IT projects with knowledge of internal and external customers. He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps War College, Master of Science in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia. The SSTM Chief Engineer position vacated by Reddy was announced in February.

David Smoak is NIWC Atlantic SSTM for System of Systems Engineering, guiding the development, test and evaluation, acquisition and deployment of integrated C4ISR, space and cyber systems and technologies. He leads the execution of a holistic plan for promulgating patterns and best practices across the processes, solutions and technologies employed by NIWC Atlantic for all of its customers. Smoak has served as a federal civil servant for more than 27 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Management from University of Phoenix.

Kathryn S. Murphy serves as the SSTM Competency Manager for Software Engineering, responsible for successful coordination across all aspects of software and computer engineering to provide the right solutions to Navy, Marine Corps, DoD and other federal customers. She has more than 28 years of extensive management and technical experience in government and private industry positions, including 23 years at NIWC Atlantic and its predecessor activities. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

Robert Keisler is SSTM Competency Lead for Data Science and Analytics at NIWC Atlantic. He provides technical strategic leadership and direction for the architecture, development, integration and deployment of data-intensive digital capabilities, including the internet of things, machine and deep learning, and artificial intelligence. Keisler has more than 13 years in technical leadership roles at NIWC Atlantic. He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Science in computer science from The Citadel and the College of Charleston.

Erick Fry is SSTM for Cybersecurity, Test and Evaluation (Mission Assurance) Competency Lead. In this role, he leads the development of the Mission Assurance workforce and directs activities within Mission Assurance spanning both functional and security domains to ensure the capabilities delivered to customers are secure by design, secure in development, and secure in operations. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science in engineering management (with a minor in systems engineering) at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

Andrew Tash is NIWC Atlantic SSTM for the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Technical Director. As the senior technical leader for enterprise networks, business and fleet support IT for the Navy, he develops technical strategies for PEO EIS and ensures alignment across the full PEO EIS portfolio to ensure all products and services address Navy needs. Tash brings more than 15 years of knowledge and experience to the position, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in systems engineering from Southern Methodist University.

“These approved high level technical positions for our command are directly reflective of the remarkable engineering talent of our workforce and of the impressive solutions the NIWC Atlantic team delivers every day,” Miller said. “These senior positions will enable us to retain the top talent in our workforce and to establish a technical career track to the highest leadership levels at NIWC Atlantic and in the Navy.”

As a part of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable C4ISR, cyber and information technology capabilities. For more information, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic.

Pete Reddy, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic deputy executive director, addresses employees during a workforce event in Charleston, S.C. Reddy serves in a Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM) position and previously was the NIWC Atlantic SSTM Chief Engineer. NIWC Atlantic is leveraging the expertise of SSTMs to meet and exceed the highly technical information warfare needs of the Navy. With 15 SSTMs authorized and 13 hired to date, NIWC Atlantic is influencing Navy development on a national level, while reinforcing the center’s stature as a leading edge technical laboratory. U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released
Pete Reddy, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic deputy executive director, addresses employees during a workforce event in Charleston, S.C. Reddy serves in a Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM) position and previously was the NIWC Atlantic SSTM Chief Engineer. NIWC Atlantic is leveraging the expertise of SSTMs to meet and exceed the highly technical information warfare needs of the Navy. With 15 SSTMs authorized and 13 hired to date, NIWC Atlantic is influencing Navy development on a national level, while reinforcing the center’s stature as a leading edge technical laboratory. U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released
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