Mr. Kosnik assumed duties as the Director for Fleet
Capabilities and Force Development (N8/N9) at USFF in October 2017. In this
role, he is responsible for the integration of Fleet capabilities and
requirements to support Navy programming and acquisition development, planning,
and transition of new capabilities to the Fleet. He also oversees development
of warfighting concepts and experimentation to support delivery of enhanced
Fleet capabilities across all mission areas.
Previously, Mr. Kosnik served as Deputy Commander at Naval
Information Forces (NAVIFOR), the Navy’s Information Warfare (IW) Type
Commander from September 2012 through September 2017. During this time he
oversaw a major realignment of functions from five other IW commands to
establish NAVIFOR on Oct. 1 2014. He was also dual-hatted as both the Deputy
Commander, Navy Cyber Forces (NCF) and United States Fleet Forces Command
(USFF) Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Communications and Networks
(N6A)/Fleet Chief Information Officer (CIO) from September 2012 until the
re-establishment of the USFF N6 as an independent office in August 2014.
As the Deputy Commander at NAVIFOR, Mr. Kosnik served as
the senior civilian for the TYCOM Staff responsible for the man, train and
equip functions for Navy Information Warfare (IW) and Fleet C5ISR capabilities assigned
to 74 subordinate operational shore commands and manned by over 21,000 IW personnel
operating across the globe. In the execution of his duties he led a staff of 600-plus
military and civilian professionals and directly managed an annual budget of
~$1.5B in generating IW forces ready for operations.
Entering the Senior Executive
Service (SES) in March 2009, Mr. Kosnik also served as Executive Director at
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) until his assignment to NCF/USFF CIO
in 2012. During this tour, he was the senior civilian for the Expeditionary
TYCOM staff responsible for man, train and equip functions for the Navy’s
30,000-plus expeditionary Sailors and managed an assigned annual $700 million
From May 1978 until August 2006, Mr.
Kosnik served on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), retiring
as a captain after 28 years of service. During this period Mr. Kosnik served at
all levels of responsibility afloat including SWO division officer, department
head, executive officer, commanding officer and major command, and ashore in post
As the commanding officer of USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) from 1996 to 1998, he completed a two-month deployment to
Northern Europe and led the ship to Battle Efficiency Awards in 1996 and 1998. He
served as Commander, Destroyer Squadron Two
and Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike
Group sea combat commander from 2002 through 2003, completing a surge
deployment to the Mediterranean in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ashore from 2004 until 2006, he served as Commander, Maritime Force Protection Command
(MARFPCOM); a command that was later realigned to serve as the foundation of
While in uniform ashore, Mr.
Kosnik also served as the first Chief of Staff at NECC, Executive Assistant to
the Director for Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86A), Head Combat Systems Section/Theater
Air Warfare Branch (OPNAV N865E), Tomahawk Strike Planner for the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, Joint Operations Directorate (J3)/Joint Operations Division (JOD),
and instructor at Tactical Training Group Pacific.
Following retirement in 2006, he
worked just short of three years at Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior associate supporting
Navy and joint commands in the Hampton Roads area before returning to
government service as a SES in March 2009.
He graduated with honors from the
University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and received his
commission through the Naval ROTC program in May 1978. He earned a Master of Science
in Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in June 1985
and completed a Federal Executive Fellowship at the Harvard University,
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) from 1998 to 1999.
While assigned at NAVIFOR, Mr.
Kosnik was named as a “2017 Federal 100” as one of the top leaders in Federal
IT by Federal Computer Weekly (FCW) Magazine. While on active duty he was named
the Atlantic Fleet winner of the Admiral James Stockdale Award for leadership
in 1998. His other military awards
included the Legion of Merit (two gold stars), the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the
Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service
Medal (two gold stars), and multiple other medals and campaign ribbons.