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John Fiore

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
Chief Engineer (Acting)
2020 Virtual Systems and Mission Engineering Conference

Mr. John G. Fiore is the technical director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Dahlgren, Va. He was appointed to the position in July 2016 and has been in the Senior Executive Service since September 2014. In his current role, he is responsible for Dahlgren’s technical excellence in executing research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, systems engineering, integration, and certification of complex naval combat, sensor, weapon, and strategic systems associated with surface warfare as well as homeland defense and force protection.

Fiore is also serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition Chief Engineer, he was

appointed in November 2019. In this role, he leads the Navy’s engineering enterprise-wide efforts as a national expert in systems engineering, including development, integration, and testing of complex Navy warfare systems.

Fiore was previously the director for Above Water Sensors in the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS). In this capacity, he oversaw the planning, development, acquisition, testing, and sustainment of cost-effective warfare systems for U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines. Additionally, he was the chief technology officer for PEO IWS. He spearheaded the

constantly evolving transition of new naval capabilities and technologies into more than 150 programs of record.

Fiore began his career at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) in Philadelphia, Pa., where he held a series of progressively challenging positions culminating in his assignment as the first deputy program manager for Smartship in 1998. After leaving NSWCPD, he held key leadership positions at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency as deputy program manager for Imagery Continuity of Operations; the U.S. Navy’s Office of Technology Development

Support as the chief engineer for an advanced airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting sensor; and as the acting deputy program executive at the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) organization where he shared responsibility with the program executive for oversight of all Aegis BMD programs.

Fiore graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering. He attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School and graduated with a Master of Science degree in science and technology studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College where he received level III certification in Program Management and Systems Engineering.