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 November 2023:

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 May 2024

Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy
Erik K. Raven, Under Secretary of the Navy
Nickolas H. Guertin, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)
John P. Coffey, General Counsel Department of the Navy
Russell Rumbaugh, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)
Meredith A. Berger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)/Chief Sustainability Officer
Melissa Cohen, Director, Department of Navy Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Suicide Prevention Office
Admiral Lisa Franchetti, Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral James W. Kilby, Vice Chief of Naval Operations
James M. Honea, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Franklin R. Parker, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)

Biographies for additional senior Navy leaders and flag officers

Updated by Kristin Stiner, May 2024