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Strategic Systems Programs Leadership


Photo: Vice Adm. Johnny WolfeVice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, Director. VADM Wolfe is responsible for all aspects of the research, development, production, logistics, storage, repair, and operational support of the Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapon Systems, which include the TRIDENT I and II missiles and their associated shipboard subsystems. He is also the U.S. Project Officer responsible for managing U.S. Government support of the British POLARIS/TRIDENT Force.



Photo: CAPT Seth BurtonCAPT Seth Burton, Deputy Director & Chief of Staff. CAPT Burton is responsible for the policies and programs that facilitate the development, production, and support of all FBM systems, AWS, NWS, and future payload research, development and integration for our SSBN and SSGN force. He also guides and oversees activities at SSP headquarters and field activities, and represents SSP technical expertise to external agencies.



Photo: Kelly LeeKelly Lee, Plans and Programs Division Director. Kelly Lee is responsible for the development and execution of all plans and budgets for the Navy Strategic Weapons System and serves as a member of the Strategic Systems Programs Board of Directors.



Photo: CAPT WilliamsCAPT Douglas L. Williams, Technical Director. CAPT Williams is responsible for the execution of all aspects of the TRIDENT Strategic Weapons System. This responsibility envelops the weapon system's life cycle and includes performing the detailed weapon system integration function and implementing a totally integrated material support program.



Photo: William J. ArcidiaconoWilliam J. Arcidiacono Director, Integrated Nuclear Weapons Surety Division Director. Mr. Arcidiacono is currently the Director, Integrated Nuclear Weapons Surety Division (SP30) in the Navy Strategic Systems Programs Office. In this capacity, Mr. Arcidiacono serves as the senior advisor to the Director, Strategic Systems Programs on nuclear weapons safety and security, and is responsible for the direction, review, and coordination of the SP30 Division and its mission.



Photo: Captain Gregory M. ZettlerCAPT Gregory M. Zettler, Conventional Prompt Strike Program Manager. CAPT Zettler is responsible for the planning and development of the Navy's Conventional Prompt Strike sea-launched hypersonic capability. He leads the workforce of the CPS Division and is responsible for directing and coordinating program decisions with industry and DoD partners.



Photo: CMDCM(SS) William J. MastCMDCM(SS) Michael Chad Beatty. CMDCM(SS) Beatty is responsible for the supervision of all enlisted members of Strategic Systems Programs and its subordinate commands. He formulates and implements policies concerning morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, utilization and training of Navy personnel. He is responsible keeping the Commanding Officer aware of existing or potential situations as well as procedures and practices which affect the mission, readiness, welfare and morale of the sailors under his supervision.



Strategic Systems Programs Senior Executive Service




Photo: Tracy Arnold-BerriosMs. Tracy Arnold-Berrios, Assistant for Missile Production, Assembly & Operations. Ms. Arnold-Berrios is the Assistant for Missile Production, Assembly and Operations at Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). She is responsible for the strategic vision and plans for Strategic Weapon Systems facilities across the enterprise. She serves as the executive advisor for all matters concerning the missile life-cycle and she provides oversite of the $1.4B annual budget for the United States and United Kingdom's Fleet Ballistic Missile programs.



Photo: Dean R. BermanDean R. Berman, Counsel. Dean R. Berman is the Counsel for the Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). In this capacity, he serves as the principal legal advisor to the Director of SSP. Mr. Berman was selected as SSP's Counsel in August of 1997 and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in January of 2010. Mr. Berman is the Chair of the DON Office of the General Counsel's Community Management Committee and Arms Control and Export Community of Practice.



Photo: Geoffrey S. BryceGeoffrey S. Bryce, Assistant for Systems Integration & Compatibility. Geoffrey Bryce currently serves as the Assistant for System Integration and Compatibility for the Department of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Mr. Bryce is responsible for management of the overall systems engineering process required to design, test, evaluate, and maintain the TRIDENT II Strategic Weapon System (SWS). He is also responsible for systems engineering associated with conventional weapons systems assigned to SSP's oversight. Additionally, he oversees platform modernization, test evaluation, requirements and accuracy assessment, and weapons safety associated with the Trident II SWS. Most notably, Mr. Bryce is responsible for implementing Model-Based Engineering within SSP and its industry partners.



Photo: Dr. Mark R. GalvinDr. Mark R. Galvin, Branch Head for Reentry Systems. Dr. Galvin was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Branch Head for Reentry Systems, Strategic Systems Programs in March 2019. Dr. Galvin is responsible for all aspects of development, production, fleet support, and retirement of all nuclear weapons in Navy custody. He manages all Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of Energy (DOE) activity relative to Navy nuclear weapons, including interactions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Nuclear Weapons Council, DoD management, and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).



Photo: James D. KernJames D. Kern, Assistant for Missile Engineering Systems. Mr. Kern is the Assistant for Missile Engineering Systems for the Chief Engineer of the Fleet Ballistic Missile Strategic Weapon Systems. His responsibilities include senior technical leadership for the Missile, Reentry, and Guidance flight system branches where he oversees the efforts of approximately 2100 scientists and engineers providing design, development, production, test, test analysis, and Fleet Support for all generations of Fleet Ballistic Missile Systems. He also serves as the technical liaison regarding missile system hardware within the U.K. where he provides management oversight of the execution of the U.K. TRIDENT II program in the U.S.



Photo: Steven P. LandauSteven P. Landau, Chief Engineer. As the Chief Engineer (CHENG) of Strategic Systems Program (SSP), Mr. Landau is the senior technical authority within the organization. He is responsible for weapon system engineering, top-level specifications and requirements, technical disciplines, configuration management, and safety. His office manages weapon system documentation, classification and program protection authorities, and the technical evaluation program. As the CHENG, he oversees civilian Technical Qualifications and Enterprise Information Management. Mr. Landau assumed the CHENG position in August 2017 after 33 years in various positions within the Navy strategic deterrent program.



Shawna M. McCreary, Assistant for Shipboard Systems. Shawna McCreary is the Assistant for Shipboard Systems for the Department of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Her responsibilities include senior technical leadership for the design, development, test and evaluation, procurement, operation, support, and maintenance of the shipboard elements of the Strategic Weapon System and assigned conventional weapon systems onboard OHIO and COLUMBIA Class submarines. She also serves as the technical liaison regarding shipboard systems for the United Kingdom Vanguard and Dreadnaught Class submarines.



Stephen T. Straub, Comptroller and Head of the Resources Branch. Mr. Straub is currently the Comptroller of the Strategic Systems Programs (SSP); also serving as Head of the Resources Branch. He is responsible for all financial management (budget and accounting) for the Navy's Strategic Weapons System and is the financial advisor to the SSP Board of Directors. Mr. Straub is a newly selected member if the Senior Executive Service (SES), selected in January of 2012 and has of 13 years of Federal service.



Photo: Dr. Steven E. Van DykSteven E. Van Dyk, Technical Plans Officer. Dr. Van Dyk is the Technical Plans Officer at Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). He is responsible for establishing and directing research and exploratory development programs in support of follow on sea-based Strategic Weapon Systems, provides executive leadership for the Navy for all matters relating to Arms Control Treaty implementation and compliance, directs SSP's efforts in support of programs where SSP is a participating or supporting Program Office, and is the principal point of contact for SSP with the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command. Dr. Van Dyk has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since October 2018 and has over 20 years of civilian service.

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