The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ensemble includes assistants in various positions such as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VNCO), the Deputy Chiefs of Naval Operations (DCNOs), the Assistant Chiefs of Naval Operations (ACNOs), and other ranking officers. Collectively, these officers and their staffs are known as the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, or OPNAV.[1] OPNAV functions are split between resource sponsors and requirement sponsors. Resource sponsors, which include six DCNOs, represent specific programs and navigate through the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES). Requirement sponsors, in coordination with the resource sponsor where separately assigned, perform as the user representative and gives specific direction pertaining to mission and operational requirements development and changes, program funding, and preparation and approval of required program documentation.

OPNAV Resource Sponsors and leadership as of July 2020:

Source: USNI, 2015[3]

*This organizational chart depicts the command structure of the Chief of Naval Operations. Command changes have most likely occurred since the chart’s publication and those listed may have been replaced.

Additional Senior Navy Leadership, As of July 2020

Secretary of the Navy
Kenneth J. Braithwaite
Acting Under Secretary of the Navy
Gregory J. Slavonic
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)
James F. Geurts
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
Catherine L. Kessmeier
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)
Thomas W. Harker
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
Charles A. Williams, Jr.
General Counsel of the Navy
Robert J. Sander
Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
Melissa Cohen
Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Michael M. Gilday
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral William K. Lescher
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Russell L. Smith

Biographies for additional senior Navy leaders and flag officers.

Updated by Theresa Pipher, July 2020