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Don Hoffer

Submarine Forces
Executive Director
2021 Undersea Warfare Virtual Conference

Mr. Hoffer serves as the Executive Director, Submarine Forces, where he is the principal advisor to the Submarine Force Commander on all matters relating to Strategic Deterrence and Undersea Warfare programs and requirements. His responsibilities include the prioritization of future Submarine Force capabilities and the development of strategy, undersea technology adoption and the implementation of unmanned systems in the undersea. He is the Executive Secretary of the Commander's Executive Board and chairs the Transition Advisory Board. Mr. Hoffer serves on the Columbia-class, Tactical Submarine Evolution, and SUBTEAM 1 Flag Oversite Boards and is the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Pathfinder for Undersea Warfare with the United Kingdom in the Next Generation Cooperative Capability initiative.

Mr. Hoffer began his Federal career as an engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), detachment Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement (SUBMEPP). He joined the Deep Submergence Systems Program as the project engineer for numerous programs including USS Dolphin (AGSS 555), Unmanned Undersea Vehicle development, the ASR-21 Class Submarine Rescue Ships, diving programs and the Advanced SEAL Delivery System project.

Mr. Hoffer was the Multi-Mission Program Technical Director and then Deputy Program Manager for the Seawolf Program Office (PMS 350) in PEO Submarines. The ACAT-1C program completed the class operational evaluation and delivered USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) within the Seawolf Class Congressional cost cap, earning the program office a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

In 2005, he established and led the Advanced Undersea Systems Program (PMS 394) as Deputy Program Manager. Subsequently, he was selected to Defense Intelligence Senior Leader rank at the Office of Naval Intelligence and used his programmatic expertise to manage resource portfolios. In late 2008, he was selected to the Senior Executive Service and returned to NAVSEA as the Director for Advance Undersea Integration. In 2014, he was selected as Executive Director, Submarine Forces.

Mr. Hoffer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in General Administration, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School. He is a graduate of the Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College. Mr. Hoffer is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course of the Defense Acquisition University and the Information Strategies Concentration Program of the National Defense University. He holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mr. Hoffer has received two Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, two Navy Unit Commendations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, the VADM Charles Weakley Award from NDIA and the Navy Safety Excellence Award.