Deputy Technical Director
2019 Armament Systems Forum
Ms. Amy J. O’Donnell is the Deputy Technical Director of the Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center and a Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM). As Deputy, she establishes technical strategy and direction for the over 2100 civilian workforce located in six US geographical locations while leading major naval energetic initiatives. She is currently leading the Naval Energetic Renaissance and authored the assessment in 2017. She is transforming and revitalizing technical rigor in all IHEODTD lines of operations for system engineering, project management, quality and safety competencies and practices. She led two navy integrated warfare center unique technology push ordnance war-games in 2017 to address operational capability gaps resulting in the Joint Enhanced Naval Gunnery Assessment (JENGA) initiative and the undersea RPG of the Sea concept. Ms. O’Donnell has significant weapon development, program management, acquisition and organizational leadership experience in all phases of research, development, engineering, manufacturing, industrial base support, test and evaluation of energetic materials/systems and explosive ordnance disposal technology systems. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MS in National Strategy and Military Resourcing from the National Defense University (NDU). Ms. O’Donnell graduated from the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) executive leadership program and the executive Bridging the Gap program. Ms. O’Donnell’s other assignments included served in two program offices in Naval Air System Command and Naval Sea System Command. She was the program manager for mine breaching and mine warfare development at the Office of Naval Research for three years. In 2011, Ms. O’Donnell was the Deputy Executive Director for Naval Surface Warfare Centers and in 2015-2016 the assistant lead for the DASN (RDT&E) 30-year RDT&E plan development in Arlington, VA. She is Level III DAWIA certified system engineering and holds her Senior Acquisition Program PMT-401 certification from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).