Executive Director, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Office
2022 Virtual Expeditionary Warfare Conference : Keynote Speaker: Building the Battle-Fleet & Amphibious Expeditionary Warfare Ships of Tomorrow
Mr. Tom Rivers currently serves as the Executive Director, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Office, Program Executive Office, Ships. He provides executive leadership to more than 200 personnel and oversees one of the broadest acquisition portfolios in the Navy, including more than $40 billion in complex-shipbuilding procurements. His responsibilities span four major program offices: the Amphibious Warfare Program, the LPD 17 Program, the Strategic and Theater Sealift Program, and the Support Ships, Boats and Craft Program. Active major programs include the LHA(R), LPD 17, EPF, ESB, and T-AO 205 ship classes, as well as Landing Craft Air Cushion, Landing Craft Utility (LCU), various research/special mission platforms, and service craft and boats.
Most recently, Rivers served as the Amphibious Warfare Program Manager (PMS 377), where he managed a workforce responsible for amphibious assault ships and landing craft during their design, production and fleet introduction as well as the life cycle management for landing craft. On-going programs include the multi-billion dollar acquisition of the ACAT 1C LHA Replacement Class Flight 0 and Flight 1 ships, the ACAT 1C Ship to Shore Connector, the ACAT III LCU 1700; LCAC SLEP; and the in-service support of LCAC, LCU and the ACAT III Amphibious Assault Direction System.
Previous roles included Deputy Program Manager for PMS 377, Assistant Program Manager for the Landing Craft Acquisition, and Life Cycle Division, Director of Production for the LPD 17 San Antonio class Amphibious Dock Transport ship, and several positions supporting ship repair including regular and complex overhauls for several ship classes and the Aircraft Carrier Service Life Extension Program.
Mr. Rivers received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Structures) from the University of Maryland in 1983. His professional achievement awards received during his federal service career include: Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Association of Scientists and Engineers Professional Achievement Award, and SECNAV Competition and Procurement Excellence Award. He co-authored and presented engineering and acquisition papers at ASE, ASNE, and SNAME conferences. Rivers is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is DAWIA Level III Certified in Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.