WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mr. Donald F. McCormack, Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers assumed Director duties from Rear Adm. Tom Druggan, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center at a Change of Office held at the Washington Navy Yard, March 29, 2018.
Druggan served as commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center from August 2016 to March 2018 and assumed additional duty as the Department of Defense Executive Manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training. In cooperation with the Naval Surface Warfare Resource Sponsor, Druggan led the effort providing significant and agile analysis regarding the Future Frigate, Zumwalt-class destroyer program, and Future Surface Combatant.
Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, the 44th commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), was the guest speaker and spoke about Druggan’s contributions.
Druggan led a holistic effort that updated policy and developed a transformative “Digital EOD” concept to optimally advantage sensors, autonomy and artificial intelligence in a coordinated process to support the Joint Force and other government agencies.
“We truly are better as ONE NAVSEA TEAM, there is incredible collaboration and mutual support across NAVSEA today,” Druggan said.
McCormack, a member of the Senior Executive Service since September 2001, is Executive Director for Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Undersea Warfare Center, both Echelon III commands within Naval Sea Systems Command. In this position, McCormack is responsible for leading more than 25,000 civilian scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel within ten divisions located across the country to perform research, development, test, and evaluation for the future Navy, and to provide in-service engineering and logistics support for the operating fleet.
“The military-civilian partnership in the Warfare Centers is a time honored tradition and a proven, successful combination,” McCormack said.
The NAVSEA Warfare Centers are comprised of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), and represent approximately 30 percent of the Navy’s engineering and scientific expertise. NSWC is comprised of eight echelon-four Divisions: Carderock, Corona, Crane, Dahlgren, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology, Panama City, Philadelphia, and Port Hueneme, as well as one echelon- five command, Dam Neck Activity (part of Dahlgren). NUWC is comprised of two echelon-four Divisions: Newport and Keyport, as well as one echelon-five command, Naval Sea Logistics Center (part of Keyport). With more than 100 years of history, the NAVSEA Warfare Centers provide “full-spectrum” technical advice and solutions to our partners in support of naval platforms and systems.