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​Commmanding Officer
 
 CAPT Gisele Bonitz
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Capt. Gisele M. Bonitz was the executive officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific from June 2014 until fleeting up to assume command in January 2017. Prior to this duty she was the executive assistant and chief of staff of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
 
A native of Nicaragua, Bonitz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. She holds a Master of Science in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
 
Bonitz has served as watch officer for Naval Facility Bermuda, the intelligence officer of Commander Undersea Surveillance, Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and as assistant officer in charge of the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Detachment Lakehurst in Lakehurst, New Jersey. She also served as the enlisted programs officer for Navy Recruiting District San Francisco in Oakland, California. She led 250 recruiters with 56 recruiting stations across two states.
 
In 2003, Bonitz was selected as the chief of Information Assurance for Combined Joint Task Force Seven in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon her return in 2004, she assumed the duties of deputy of the Innovations and Experimentation Directorate at Commander, 3rd Fleet.
 
At the end of 2004, Bonitz reported to Expeditionary Strike Group One as assistant chief of staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I). Following her sea tour, she assumed the duties of East Coast Aircraft Carriers C4I Installation assistant program manager for the Program Executive Office for C4I in San Diego, California.
 
In 2008, Bonitz reported to the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) as the new Information Operations Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual program manager and the Computer Network Defense and Information Assurance branch chief. Following that assignment, she was selected as deputy, Cyberspace and C2 Requirements Division. At the end of 2009, she was selected as the Information Technology program manager for the design of STRATCOM’s new headquarter building.
 
Bonitz is a member of the Navy’s Information Warfare Community, Information Professional Community, the Space Cadre, and the Defense Department Acquisition Corps. Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Medal, four Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals
 
​Executive Director
 
Ms. Carmela Keeney
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Carmela A. Keeney became the executive director for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in December 2005. SSC Pacific consists of more than 4800 civilian and military personnel and over 2100 contractor support personnel. SSC Pacific has a total obligating authority of more than $2.5 billion. Ms. Keeney leads a diverse and highly technical organization in the research, development, fielding and support of advanced technologies for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber, and space capabilities.

Prior to assuming her role as the Center’s senior leader, she was the head of SSC Pacifi s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) department. In this capacity, she led a broad set of technical programs in maritime surveillance, ocean systems, signal exploitation, and intelligence systems, and was responsible for conducting research, development, test and evaluation, and lifecycle support for naval, joint, and national ISR systems.
 
 Ms. Keeney began her career in 1979 as a principal investigator in marine technology and undersea systems at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory’s Ocean Systems division. From 1985 to 1992, she led a variety of technical projects in the area of maritime surveillance, including research into bionic sonar and shallow water surveillance systems at the Naval Ocean Systems Center, Hawaii laboratory. She was the acquisition program manager for a multi-sensor surveillance system and led the successful development and operational deployment of that system at a strategic Navy site. Areas of responsibility have included undersea, surface, and aerospace ISR efforts involving sensor technology and system development, unmanned systems, multi-sensor fusion, and ISR communications. Ms. Keeney became a member of the Senior Executive Service in April 2000.
 
Ms. Keeney has a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Gordon Engineering Leadership Award in recognition of her technology management and dedication to educating the next generation of technology leaders, and the 2014 Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Laboratory Director of the Year Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions supporting technology transfer activities. Most recently, Ms. Keeney received the Executive Excellence Award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC).