Mr. Don McCormack
Executive Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Undersea Warfare Center
2017 Joint Undersea Warfare Technology Spring Conference
Donald F. McCormack, a member of the Senior Executive Service since September 2001, is the Executive Director (ED) for Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), both Echelon III commands within Naval Sea Systems Command. In this position, Mr. McCormack is responsible for leading more than 20,000 civilian scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel within nine 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.
Prior to being named ED in March 2014, Mr. McCormack held the position of Technical Director (TD) for NUWC since November 2004 and performed additional duties as Acting TD for NSWC since April 2012.
From 2003 to 2004, Mr. McCormack served as the Director for Undersea Warfare Command and Control (USW CC) Systems Product Area. In this role, he became the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) focal point, leader, and advocate for all USW CC Systems and represented the product area to customers. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. McCormack served as Executive Director of NUWC Newport Division and was responsible for the overall planning and direction of the scientific and technical activities related to the U.S. Navy's USW systems. From September 2001 until May 2002, Mr. McCormack was Director for Weapon Systems, responsible for a broad program of exploratory and advanced development, test and evaluation, Fleet introduction, and complete life cycle support for undersea weapon systems.
During his career, Mr. McCormack has been the recipient of many awards for outstanding performance, receiving the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2010 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2005. In July 1998, he received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his technical excellence while assigned to the NAVSEA Submarine Technology Office. In August 2001, he received his second Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his management excellence while serving as the acting Deputy Program Manager at PMS404. Mr. McCormack was the recipient of the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2008. That same year, he received the Society of Women Engineers’ Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award and the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council’s Bud Gifford Leadership Award. He received the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alumni Association Achievement Award in 2012.
Mr. McCormack earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1985.