OPNAV RESOURCE SPONSORS

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 December 2021:

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 December 2021

Secretary of the Navy
Carlos Del Toro
Under Secretary of the Navy
Meredith Berger
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)
Frederick J. (Jay) Stefany
General Counsel Department of the Navy (Acting), Principal Deputy General Counsel Department of the Navy
Catherine L. Kessmeier
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)
Alaleh Jenkins
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
Charles A. Williams, Jr.
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
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
Robert D. Hogue

Biographies for additional senior Navy leaders and flag officers.

Updated by Kristin Stiner, December 2021