|RDML James W. Kilby, USN
Commander (August 2014 - August 2016)
Rear Adm. Jim Kilby is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. He earned a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow.
A surface warfare officer, Kilby’s sea duty assignments include USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56). He was the commanding officer of USS Russell (DDG 59), where he was the 2005 Pacific Fleet recipient of the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Inspirational Leadership Award. Kilby’s major command was USS Monterey (CG 61) where in 2011, he deployed as the first ship to deploy in support of the European Phased Adaptive Approach for ballistic missile defense.
Ashore Kilby served as an action officer and flag aide to the director of surface warfare. He served in the Naval Personnel Command (NPC) as Cruiser and Destroyer Atlantic Fleet placement officer, head surface placement officer and assistant captain detailer. Following command of Russell, he reported to the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office, Missile Defense Agency where he served as Joint Maritime Operations Department head and the chief of staff. Kilby most recently was the deputy for Ballistic Missile Defense, Aegis Combat Systems and Destroyers on the staff of the director of surface warfare on the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Staff.
Kilby served as the commander of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and various other personal, unit and service awards.
|Commander NSWDC visited USS Essex
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of the Navy Surface Warfighting Development Center (NSWDC), visited the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) for a ship tour followed by a professional mentorship wardroom call to speak with embarked surface warfare officers about NSWDC. NSWDC is primarily responsible for conducting and evaluating warfare community-focused training with consideration for real world threats and conditions.
Navy To Build Aegis Trainers For Surface Warfare Officers At ‘TOPGUN’
U.S. Navy’s surface warfare officers will learn to track and target air threats in a planned Aegis combat system simulator that will be built Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., the head of the Navy’s new surface warfare training outfit told USNI News last week.
Surface Navy Touts Progress On Top Issues
Surface Navy bosses are starting to feel the wind in their sails against problems that have beset the fleet for years: bungled maintenance cycles and extended deployments.
SWATT (Pilot) Exercise
Photos: Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (Pilot) Exercise w/USS John C. Stennis CSG; Rear Adm. James Kilby commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Command onboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106)
SMWDC teamed-up with JCS CSG along with Destroyer Squadron 21 during a multi-ship Group Sail and an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise to introduce SWATT
Welcome to SMWDC
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, speaks to personnel at the inaugural ceremony for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) at Naval Base San Diego.
The Human Element of Distributed Lethality
Like a drop of dye in a glass of water, we look for a new generation of Surface Warfighting experts—Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI)—to change the very character of our profession.
SMWDC was established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical proficiency of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and Warfare Tactics Instructors.
Salute to the Military Child Appreciation Day
Seventeen year-old Nicholas Olmo, son of Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, throws the first pitch at the San Diego Padres versus Colorado Rockies game at Petco Park.
We Want You!
The new SWO “Top Gun” commander hosted a professional mentorship call to introduce career opportunities as a new generation of SWO tactical experts called warfare tactics instructors.
SMWDC visits BUSAN, Republic of Korea (ROK)
Vice Adm. Hyun Seong Um, (left), commander, ROK fleet, meets with Rear Adm. James 'Jim' Kilby, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), during the 2015 Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG 15) bi-lateral exercise.
USS Russell prepares to depart San Diego
San Diego (September 9, 2015) Sailors of USS Russell (DDG 59) prepare to depart San Diego as the ships sets sail for an independent deployment. U.S. Navy for release by SMWDC Public Affairs
SMWDC aboard USS Dewey
SAN DIEGO (September 24, 2015) Junior officers aboard the USS Dewey (DDG 105) attend a presentation on the process to become a warfare tactics instructor (WTI); the brief was presented by WTIs of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).
Navy Celebrates 240th Birthday
SAN DIEGO (October 13, 2015) Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), answers questions regarding the Navy’s 240th Birthday and the opening of SMWDC during a live cake cutting ceremony and interview on San Diego’s CW 6.
SMWDC visits USS Bunker Hill
Modeled after the success of the Navy Strike and Air Warfare Center (Top Gun), SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC visits USS Shoup
Akin to 'Top Gun' for naval aviators, SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC visits USS Momsen (DDG 92)
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 3, 2015) Capt. Brian Shipman, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), San Diego Detachment Officer in Charge, introduces SMWDC and the new career opportunities it provides junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) during a brief aboard USS Momsen (DDG 92).
SMWDC Visits USS Cape St George
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the process to become a WTI to junior officers aboard the USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
Creating competence, confidence, and credibility among the surface warfighters
In recent years, top surface leaders have voiced concerns about naval war fighting becoming a lost talent. Tomahawk missile strikes, like those launched in late 2014 against Daesh, cross the headlines from time to time, but the surface fleet is designed to be capable of much more - these ships were designed for multifaceted and complex air, surface and anti-submarine warfare against a sophisticated enemy.
SMWDC Visits USS Wayne E. Meyer
SAN DIEGO (December 8, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the process to become a WTI to junior officers aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
SMWDC Introduces Next Generation Warfighters to Decatur
LCDR Kennedy presented the newly launched WTI program; a career path designed to increase tactical skills at the individual, unit and integrated levels. Modeled after the success of the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (Top Gun) in Fallon, Nev., SMWDC trains a select batch of junior SWOs in advanced tactics to become WTIs in three warfare disciplines: Amphibious (AMW), Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface (ASW/SUW) or IAMD.
SMWDC Visits USS Milius
Modeled after the success of the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (TOPGUN), SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking a select cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC Introduces WTI Programs at SNA Symposium
The future of the surface warfare officer (SWO) community is moving toward creating warfighting experts. Soon, all ships across the fleet will have WTIs in the ranks of second tour division officers and department heads through the most senior officers.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, right, meets Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, left, onboard USS Princeton (CG 59) in San Diego. Carter visited the area to tour facilities and discuss the impact of the fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal on the defense community. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill.
SMWDC visits USS Essex
Captain Brian Finnman, Amphibious Warfare Detachment Director for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), gives a brief about the mission of SMWDC to officers in the wardroom of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Adm. John Richardson Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), left, and Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of the Navy Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), shake hands. CNO is visiting SMWDC as part of a tour to meet with Sailors and Navy Leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Bell/Released)
A Day in the Life of Warfare Tactics Instructors
SMWDC is Commander Naval Surface Force’s executive agent to train Surface and Mine Warfare forces in advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) across all warfare areas at the individual, unit, integrated, and joint levels.
Foreign Liaison Officers Visit SMWDC
Senior leaders of the Brazilian, Chilean, Mexican, and Peruvian navies visited to get familiarized with SMWDC’s warfare tactics instructor program.
SMWDC Visits USS Rushmore
Cmdr. Lisa Hodgson, assigned to the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), introduces SMWDC and the new career opportunities it provides junior surface warfare officers (SWO), during a brief aboard the barge of USS Rushmore (LSD 47).
Warfare Tactics Instructors Lead Pilot Underway Exercise
Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is training a cadre of junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) as Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTIs), to bring Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) to the fleet.
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day 2016 Memorial Ceremony
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day memorial ceremony aboard the USS Midway museum. ANZAC Day 2016 marks the centenary anniversary of the first major military action by ANZAC forces during World War I. Service members of the U.S. Navy, and ANZAC united to recognize those who served and died in all battles and conflicts.
SMWDC Naval Base San Diego movie theater
Lt. Aaron Jochimsen, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), gives a brief on the WTI program at the Naval Base San Diego movie theater.
"Top Gun" for Surface Warfare Officers
Due to the success of the Navy's elite Fighter Weapons School, the Navy took the same concept and transferred it to the surface warfare community, and now, junior surface warfare officers can go through the Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface Warfare Tactics Instructor course at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center in San Diego. (U.S. Navy video/Released)
Best of Both Worlds: WTI & NPS
WTI life is exciting because it provides a diverse workday, challenging me to stay up-to-date on multiple warfare areas and allowing me to better train the SWOs coming through the WTI schoolhouse in San Diego. And best of all; I get to do this while remotely pursuing my Master’s Degree in Systems Analysis at the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS).
Amphibious Warfare Experts Graduate TOPSWO
Ask any of the Navy’s first nine officers to become Amphibious Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) what led them to this milestone, and they will say “passion.” Passion about amphibious warfare; a passion to innovate; a passion to have a positive impact on the future of the Navy.
Warfare Tactics Instructor Graduates
Graduates of the rigorous 19 week Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course pose for a picture with Rear Adm. James W. Kilby, Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (NSMWDC) (left), and Rear Adm. Ronald A. Boxall, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three (right) at NSMWDC Detachment Dahlgren.
SMWDC - RIMPAC 2016
SMWDC participates in the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating.
VCNO Visits Warfare Tactics Instructors
Lt. Stephen Arnold (right), a student warfare tactics instructor (WTI), presents a question to Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, during his visit to the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) at Naval Base San Diego.
Navy's Most Complex Mine Warfare Exercise Ends in SoCal
SAN DIEGO –The United States Navy conducted multifaceted mine countermeasures training with six allied nations for over four weeks, as part of the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016, June 30 through August 4