Dr. Michael Richman
Technical Deputy, Missile Modernization and Development
2019 Armament Systems Forum
Dr. Richman's aerospace career began as a project engineer and program manager with the Naval Air Systems Command Propulsion and Power Research and Engineering Department. During his tenure at NAVAIR, Dr. Richamn led cradle-to-grave projects in support of the F/A 18E/F Super Hornet, AV-8B, V-22, H-60, and many others.
In the fall of 2001, Dr. Richman joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E) as a staff specialist for Air Platforms. In 2002, he transitioned to be the Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director - Defense Research and Engineering. Dr Richman was responsible for the National Aerospace Initiative and served as a technical liaison between the Director and the components of the DDR&E organization, Congress, and other DoD and federal agencies. Immediately prior to joining CCDC AvMC, Dr. Richman was the Associate Director for Aerospace Technology within DDR&E with the responsibility of oversight and management of all Department of Defense air platforms Science and Technology (S&T) activities in fixed wing vehicles, rotary wing vehicles, gas turbine propulsion, hypersonic propulsion, aircraft power, as well as a supporting role for space launch, and rocket propulsion. In the fall of 2006 Dr. Richman joined the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) as the Chief of Technology for the System Simulation and Development Directorate.
In July of 2009, Dr Richman transitioned to the Weapons Development and Integration Directorate where he currently resides as a Senior Scientist Technical Manager (SSTM). As the SSTM Technical Deputy for Missile Modernization and Development, he is responsible for the execution of all 6.2 and 6.3 Missile S&T programs.
Captain, United States Navy (Reserve Component)
CAPT Richman is currently the NAVSEA External Command Pillar lead guiding all Navy Strategic Systems Program and Missile Defense Agency reserve support. His previous assignments have included tours of duty as the Commanding Officer of the 83 member Norfolk Surge Maintenance Unit, Executive Officer to the Deputy Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Commanding Officer of the MDA Navy Reserve Unit as well as tours with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a project superintendent for guided missile cruiser and 688 attack submarine overhaul and repair, special projects officer with the Naval Sea Systems Command Ship Technology Directorate, the theater nuclear warfare program management support unit, Department Head coordinating Amphibious Assault Ship waterfront operations, and as the Disruptive Technology War-game program lead for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) Joint Reserve Unit.
CAPT Richman deployed, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, to Afghanistan from December 2011 – December 2012 as the Chief of Operations for the NTM-A/CSTC-A Engineering Directorate.
Dr. Richman received his BSME from Purdue University, MSME from Florida Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Richman has published and lectured in the areas of, computational fluid dynamics, unsteady aero-mechanics and aero-elastics, multi-variable control system design, gas-turbine and rocket propulsion, high cycle fatigue, hypersonics, long-range strike, rotorcraft, and structures.
Dr. Richman has twice received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award as well as numerous letters of appreciation and performance awards.