Arsenal Ship Lessons Learned Report

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CAPTAIN CHARLES S. HAMILTON II, USN

Captain Hamilton attended Duke University, graduating in May 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and commissioned in the Navy through the NROTC Program at Duke. Captain Hamilton’s early sea tours included: USS HAWKINS (DD 873) [Electronics Material Officer and Combat Information Center Officer]; USS COONTZ (DDG 40) [Fire Control Officer and Missile Officer]; USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994) [Operations Officer]; and USS Fox (CG-33) [Executive Officer]. In July 1991, he became Commanding Officer USS OBRIEN (DD 975) where he served until June 1993.

Captain Hamilton's educational assignments included: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca. where he graduated with distinction with a Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs; and National War College where he graduated with distinction and was awarded a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

Captain Hamilton's shore duty assignments included: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Anti-Submarine Warfare Program Analyst, Administrative Assistant to Director, Program Resource Appraisal Division (OP-91), and VCNO’s speech writer; CNO Staff as Head AEGIS Destroyer Section (OP-355F) and Financial Coordinator, AEGIS Cruiser Destroyer Branch; and Military Staff Specialist for Naval Warfare in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Technology).

Captain Hamilton became Program Manager for the Arsenal Ship in May 1996 and remained in place through 31 December 1997.

Mr. J. CHRISTOPHER (Kit) RYAN

Mr. Ryan obtained his undergraduate degree from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in 1967, followed by a Master Degree in Naval Architecture from MIT in 1969.

Mr. Ryan initially worked for Litton Systems, Advanced Marine Technology Division Los Angeles on the DD-963 project. Upon completion of the DD-963 design effort, Mr. Ryan joined the Department of the Navy as a member of the Naval Ship Engineering Center (NAVSEC), Hyattsville, Md. Advanced Design Group. He had major assignments on the FFG-7 project, the Sea Control Ship project, the nuclear strike cruiser (CSGN), Aegis crusier (CG-47) and several aircraft carrier projects such as the CVV.

In the mid-1980’s, Mr. Ryan took on the managment of the Computer Supported Design project within NAVSEA 03 to develop specialized ship design software, which ultimately led to the introduction of commercial CAD/CAM systems in NAVSEA, and the progressive integration of the vast analysis software library with CAD geometry. Recent assignments have included leading the Design, Acquisition and Construction process improvement effort at NAVSEA; being the acting head of Preliminary Design; and being the NAVSEA lead for Simulation-Based Design.

Following graduation from Defense Systems Management College in 1995, Mr. Ryan joined the Navy's Arsenal Ship concept exploration team, where he remained until May 1996 when he became the Technical Director for the Arsenal Ship Joint Program Office.

Ms. CINDY SHAVER

Ms. Shaver has been a Contract Specialist for the Naval Sea Systems Command (SEA 02) since 1989. She served as an contracting intern in the Surface Systems and Undersea Warfare Contracts Divisions, where she received exposure to various major weapon system programs. Beginning in 1991, she has served as a senior contracts negotiator for the Navy’s Shipbuilding Division and has been responsible for the award and/or administration of seven major shipbuilding programs. She has experience with both research and production programs in all stages of the system acquisition process, from cradle to grave.

Program experience includes: the NSSN New Attack Submarine construction contract negotiation; the AGOR 24/25 and NOAA Oceanographic Research Ship Construction contract award; the settlement of the terminated T-AO 191/192 Fleet Oiler litigation and assignment of the T-AGOS 23 Oceanographic Surveillance Ship Construction contract to another shipbuilder; the WAGB 20 Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Ship Construction contract award; the CG 47 AEGIS Class Cruiser, DD 963 SPRUANCE Class Destroyer and DDG 993 KIDD Class Destroyer Combined Planning Yard contract award; the and Arsenal Ship Program Section 845 Other Transaction awards.

Ms. Shaver holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the Department of the Navyís Contracting Career Intern Program and is a member of the Department of the Navyís Acquisition Professional Community with level III certification.

Mr. JOHN A. GRIZZARD

Mr. Grizzard obtained his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1985, followed by Masters in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology in 1994.

Mr. Grizzard initially worked for Martin Marietta Orlando Division, Orlando, Florida, where he developed the Master System Test Plan for Supersonic Low Altitude Target (SLAT). Mr. Grizzard joined the Department of the Navy as a member of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, Low Observables group. He served as the Radar Imaging Measurement System (RIMS) Project Manager; the Deployable Signature Measurement System (DSMS) Project Manager; and the Manager, Ship Low Observable Technology Integration office. He establishd the Navy’s Topside Integration Working Group including participation as the ONR representative.

Mr. Grizzard joined the Arsenal Ship Joint Program Office as the Survivability Manager in May 1996.

Mr. JOHN G. FRINK

Mr. Frink obtained his Bachelor of Science Physics degree from Michigan State University in 1968, followed by a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 1970.

Mr. Frink initially worked with the Naval Surface Weapons Center, White Oak, Md. as the group leader for minicomputer/microprocessor applications, the MK 48 torpedo, Captor Mine, and early Navy High Energy Laser efforts. Mr. Frink served four years as a commercial consultant, where he developed the hardware architecture and real-time control programs for the initial series of computerized Versatran industrial robots. In 1978 Mr. Frink joined the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory where he held various supervisory and technical positions in the Navy Warfare Analysis Department and the Fleet Systems Department. Mr. Frink is a specialist in distributed systems and was awarded a patent for "Intercomputer Communications Based on Message Broadcasting with Receiver Selection". He had major assignments on the following programs: LEAP; CEC Test Coordination oversight; internal Applied Physics Laboratory initiatives in DIS, IW; HiPerD; Aegis; and EA6B/EF111 EW ADCAP upgrades. Mr. Frink recently taught a graduate level Advanced Technology Seminar in the Technical Management curriculum of the JHU Whiting School of Engineering. He is a current member of the IEEE, the Computer Society, and the Association of Old Crows.

Mr. Frink joined the Arsenal Ship Joint Program Office in February 1997 as the C4I Manager.

Mr. RICHARD L. DUNN

Mr. Dunn has been the General Counsel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency since 1987. From 1979 to 1980 he was an associate in the Washington law firm of Sullivan and Beauregard. From 1980 to 1987 he was with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where his assignments included serving as counsel to the Space Commercialization Task Force and as Deputy Associate General Counsel.

At the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Mr. Dunn has pioneered innovative techniques to support science and technology projects. Mr. Dunn was responsible for the enactment of legislation which authorizes DARPA to enter into cooperative relationships with commercial companies or "partnerships" of companies and other organizations. In response to DARPA’s successful use of this authority Congress substantially increased DARPA’s budget and encouraged it to sponsor R&D consortia. Most recently Mr. Dunn obtained legislative authority for DARPA to conduct military prototype projects outside the laws and regulations applicable to the procurement system. Several projects using this authority are currently underway at DARPA.

He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A. cum laude, 1966), the University of Maryland (J.D. 1969), and George Washington University (LL.M with Highest Honors 1976). Mr. Dunn was on activity duty as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1979.

Ms. DIANE M. SIDEBOTTOM

Ms. Sidebottom is Assistant General Counsel for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia. Her duties include providing counsel for DARPA’s Other Transactions for Prototypes and Research agreements in all aspects of agreement formation and administration. She also advises the agency on intellectual property and Internet-related issues. Prior to joining DARPA, Ms. Sidebottom was an attorney-advisor at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) specializing in the suspension and debarment of Government contractors. She also served on the task force supporting the Section 800 Panel, which examined over 800 procurement and acquisition laws and provided recommendations to streamline the acquisition process. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Mr. JOHN H. ABLARD

Mr. Ablard is a Professional Contracts Manager with thirty years of federal government experience. He has worked in all branches of the military services, with experiences ranging from small purchases and local procurement supporting a military base to World-wide communications and ADP systems. The last twenty (20) years have been in what is now called Science and Technology contracting. This is the portion of the R&D cycle where basic technologies are discovered and first exploited. His previous assignment was as supervisor and manager of a large contracting operation for the Naval Research Laboratory, where he received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1990. At DARPA he is furthering the development of new technologies through utilization of new contracting instruments, such as, "Other Transactions" under the authority of 10 USC 2371 and commercial R&D contracts. He received the DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 1997.

Mr. Ablard is involved in the High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Projects (Tier II+ and Tier III- Programs) and the joint DARPA/Navy Arsenal Ship Program where these new contracting instruments are being utilized. He has a B.A. degree in History and Political Sciences from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas and a Master of Sciences in Management from the University of Utah. He is a member of the National Contracts Management Association.

Mr. JOHN J. TURNER

Mr. Turner is Senior Vice President of Syntek Technologies, Inc. since 1993. He is a registered Professional Engineer with forty years experience in ship design, construction and operations. He is a retired Engineering Duty Officer with assignments in shipyards, design activities, and acquisition and fleet support projects. Before joining Syntek he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JJH, Inc. For the previous 10 years he filled senior management and technical positions at NKF Engineering, Inc. He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and received an M.S. and the Naval Engineers degrees from M.I.T. He is a member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society of Naval Engineers and other professional organizations.

Dr. ROBERT S. JOHNSON

Dr. Johnson has been a Vice President of Syntek Technologies, Inc. since 1994. He has 39 years experience in ship design, systems engineering and management in which he consults for Naval Commands, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and commercial clients. He has served in the Naval Sea Systems Command, as Deputy Chief Engineer, Total Ship Engineering; Director, Field Activities Support Group; Director, Field Operations Subgroup; and Technical Director, Ship Design. He was President of the Ship Engineering and Design of Advanced Marine Enterprises; and Manager, Ship Design, Westinghouse Defense & Electronics Center. He is active in professional societies: a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineers, past member of its National Papers Committee, Editor of Marine Technology, and a Life Member, American Society of Naval Engineers (former Member of Council and By-Laws Committee Chairman). He holds the B.S. from Webb Institute, M.S.E. from George Washington University, and D. Eng from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. RONALD K. KISS

Mr. Kiss has been Vice President of Syntek Technologies, Inc. for Systems Development since 1996. He has 35 years experience in ship design and ship acquisition. He has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs; Executive Director for Amphibious, Auxiliary, Mine and Sealift Ships at the Naval Sea Systems Command; Acting Associate Administrator for Shipbuilding and Ship Operations, Director of the Office of Ship Construction, and Chief of the Division of Ship Design at the Maritime Administration. He has been selected to become the President of Webb Institute and will assume that position in 1999. He is active in professional societies: past President of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, member of its Executive Committee and Council, and Chairman of its Nominating Committee, past Vice President of the American Society of Naval Engineers, and member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. He holds the B.S. from Webb Institute, M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, completed the Harvard Business School and Sloan School (M.I.T.) Executive Programs.

Mr. ROBERT C. PERCIVAL

Mr. Percival has been Vice President of Syntek Technologies, Inc. for DARPA Programs since 1996. He has thirty two years experience in ship design, acquisition management, construction and operations. He is a retired Engineering Duty Officer with assignments in research activities, design activities, and acquisition and fleet support projects. Before joining Syntek he was Director of Surface Ship Design and Systems Engineering, Director of Research and Development, Director of Concept Design, and Director of Signature Control at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Previously he was an Acquisition Mannager in the Aegis Program Office delivering the SPY-1B and SPY-1D radar systems. He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and received an M.S. and the Ocean Engineers degrees from M.I.T. and the Executive Management Program at Penn State University. He is a member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society of Naval Engineers and other professional organizations.

Mr. BRUCE P. DYER

Mr. Dyer has been Vice President of Syntek Technologies, Inc. since 1996. He has thirty two years experience in prorgram management and military operations. He is a retired Naval Special Warfare Officer who qualified as an Acquisition Professional. Before joining Syntek he was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Program Manager for a sensitive classified Major Defense Acquisition program at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Previously he commanded the Naval Special Warfare Task Group, Middle East during Earnest Will operations which included Patrol Craft, Army Helicopters, intelligence collection assets, as well as special forces personnel. He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and received an M.S. in Systems management from the University of Southern California.. He completed the Executive Development Program at Cornell University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, U. S. Naval Institute and other professional organizations.

Mr. MICHAEL YERMAKOV

Mr. Yermakov is Director of Strategic Planning at Syntek Technologies, Inc. since 1997. He has 12 years experience in ship design, systems engineering and management in which he consults for Naval Commands, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and commercial clients. He has served in the Naval Sea Systems Command as the Chief Systems Engineer for the SC-21 Program, a Ship Design Principal Naval Architect and lead the development and deployment of special systems for anti-terrorist operations. He managed the assessment of new ship acquisition and R&D programs in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and served as Chairman of NATO Group 6. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineers, member of its Advanced Naval Vehicles Committee, and a Member of the Association of Scientists and Engineers. He holds the B.S from the University of California at Berkeley and graduated from the Acquisition Program Manager’s six month course at the Defense Systems Management College.

Mr. DAVID SCHWIERING

Mr. David Schwiering has been the Program Manager for Vail Research and Technology providing support to the Arsenal Ship Joint Program Office since 1997. He is a retired Surface Warfare Officer with command assignments afloat and ashore. He served as Head of Programs and Budget for both Surface and Expeditionary Warfare and was the lead analyst for the Research and Development Appropriation in the Office of the Navy Comptroller. He holds a B.A. from Waynesburg College and an M.S. in Financial Management from the Naval Post Graduate School.

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