Mr. Cade serves as the director for Fleet Capabilities and Force Development (N8/N9) at U. S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. He is responsible for the integration of fleet capabilities analysis and recommendations to support Navy programming and acquisition planning, transition of new capabilities into the Fleet, and development of warfighting concepts of operations and experimentation program. He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2010.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Cade served as deputy director, Fleet Warfare Programs (N8B), and as deputy executive director for Fleet Readiness Enterprise management and assessment, strategic planning, and headquarters administration at Fleet Forces. The U.S. Fleet Forces Command's missions include force development, readiness, and global force management of the Navy's operational forces, fleet recommendations regarding future naval capabilities and readiness, and serving as supporting commander to U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
Mr. Cade served as a surface warfare officer during his career on active duty, completing sea-duty assignments in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets and on deployments supporting operations in the European, Pacific, Central and Southern Commands. Major staff assignments included duty in operations, plans and political-military affairs on the staff of Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet; special assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and as a program manager for U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Capabilities and Resource Integration (N8) and Readiness and Training (N4/7). He was designated a Navy Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for East Asia/Pacific during his time on active duty.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Cade graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School and the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Cade holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School (Weapons Systems Curriculum) and in National Security Strategy from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. He has been recognized with the Department of Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in addition to personal and campaign awards while on active duty.