Technical Director

Photo: Rear Admiral Terry J. Benedict
Johnny R. Wolfe Jr.

CAPT Wolfe received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Systems Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Academy, Kings Point, in 1988 after which he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy.  On his initial tour of duty, he made five strategic deterrent patrols aboard the USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN 644) while serving as the Assistant Weapons Officer.  After sea duty, he received a Masters degree in Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where he was also selected for transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer community.  Following NPS, he served as the Lead Systems Engineer on the Ballistic Missile Defense Office (BMDO) joint skunkworks project ran by the USAF at Kirtland AFB. 

In 1996, he was assigned the duties of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) Liaison to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (C4I) where he served as the Assistant for Submarine Communications and Special Operations Forces communications integration.  Subsequent to that assignment, he returned to SSP Headquarters and assumed the duties as the Assistant for Fire Control Production, Development and Operations.  As a follow on tour at Headquarters, CAPT Wolfe was the Assistant Head, Missile Engineering Section. 

In July 2000, he was assigned to the Program Management Office, Strategic Systems Programs (PMOSSP), Sunnyvale, CA where he served as the Head, Technical Division.  His primary duties included design configuration control for the Trident I/II missiles (C-4/D-5) as well as the engineering lead for all missile problem investigations.  During this tour, he was assigned additional temporary duties as a technical investigator for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board where he served as a lead for foam loss testing and on orbit impact analysis. 

In October 2003, CAPT Wolfe returned to SSP Headquarters where he was assigned duties as the Deputy Chief Engineer for the Program.  From May 2004 through May 2008 he served as the Branch Head, Fire Control and Guidance Branch within SSP.  During that time, CAPT Wolfe deployed to Baghdad, Iraq (May 2007 – November 2007) where he held the duties as Program Manager, Security and Justice Sector for the Army Corps of Engineers.  In May 2008, CAPT Wolfe assumed the duties as SSP’s Nuclear Weapons Security Coordinator and SSGN Coordinator responsible for all aspects of SSP’s Nuclear Weapons Security Program and all SSGN design, development, deployment and sustainment activities within SSP.  In April 2009, CAPT Wolfe assumed the duties as SSP’s Missile Branch Head with the responsibility for all aspects of the TRIDENT I and II missile development, production, deployment, and disposal programs.  CAPT Wolfe assumed duties as the Technical Director/Deputy Direct Reporting Program Manager, Strategic Systems Programs in May 2012, where he is responsible for the execution of all aspects of the TRIDENT Strategic Weapon System.

CAPT Wolfe’s awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars, Air Force Achievement Medal and various other service awards.

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