Naval Surface Forces Designates Surface Warfare Enterprise Chief Technology Officer
CORONADO, Calif. – Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Rear Adm. James Shannon is the new chief technology officer (CTO) for the Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE). He will serve the Navy Enterprise group by supporting the mission of improving warfighting readiness in Surface Force technology needs and issues.
“This is a logical step for the SWE to take. In my position, I have a responsibility to lead and manage the Navy workforce that helps develop, test and evaluate all surface ship systems,” Shannon said. “So as chief technology officer I am in the best position to advise the Surface Warfare Enterprise on technical matters of their concern.”
Additionally, Shannon will serve as an advisor to Naval Surface Forces (NAVSURFOR) on establishing priorities and finding a technology focal point in the context of the SWE; serve as a senior member to enhance alignment of the Warfare Centers; present a surface force technology needs “picture” – now and into the future; and become a member of the SWE Future Capabilities Team (FCT).
The CTO was established by the SWE FCT and Surface Board through a written charter -- the Naval Surface Warfare Center Commander was designated via the charter. The position also requires close collaboration with other SWE Cross Functional Teams (CFTs), which are five groups that support the Enterprise in improving warfighting readiness.
“The CTO will support the charter decision recommendations by filling a vital role that will assist us in the area of improving warfighting readiness through taking a lead on technology in the Surface Force,” said Commander, NAVSURFOR Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis. “With his background and current leadership role, we will look to Rear Admiral Shannon to serve as the Enterprise lead on requirements for technology needs in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, SWE CFTs and other Enterprise groups.”
Shannon is a member of the Acquisition Corps; he served as the director of development, test and acceptance of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile and later became the project manager for the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air Project. As a major program manager, he commanded the Future Combat Systems Open Architecture program in PEO Integrated Warfare Systems.