VICE ADMIRAL SCOTT CONN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities

DCNO Warfare Systems (N9) determines, validates and integrates requirements and resources for manpower, training, sustainment, safety, modernization, and procurement of the Navy’s air, surface, undersea and expeditionary warfare systems (manned and unmanned). As the resource sponsor, N9 establishes requirements, sets priorities, and oversees overall planning and programming for such domains as expeditionary warfare, surface warfare, undersea warfare, air warfare, and unmanned warfighting systems. This includes associated manpower, support, training and readiness.[1]


Mr. Carroll P. "Rick" Quade, Director, Innovation, Technology Requirements, and Test and Evaluation

N94 is the office for the Chief of Naval Research and Director, Innovation Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation and is tasked with test and evaluation (T&E) support for acquisition programs as well as oversight of Navy T&E infrastructure.[3]


Brigadier General David L. Odom, Director, Expeditionary Warfare (N95)

Marine Corps Brigadier General David L. Odom is the Director of Expeditionary Warfare (N95). N95 is the Navy’s resource sponsor for expeditionary warfare. The organization establishes requirements, sets priorities, and directs overall planning and programming for expeditionary warfare systems and related manpower, training and readiness. Specifically, the Directorate:

  • Oversees manpower, training, procurement, sustainment, and R&D appropriates for the Naval Special Warfare, Mine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Navy Expeditionary Combat and Maritime Preposition Forces
  • Determines, validates, and resources readiness requirements for the Navy Expeditionary Combat Enterprise (NECE) including Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
  • Ensure affordability to include total ownership costs as a key consideration during decision making
  • Creates acquisition and funding plans and programs for manpower and training RDT&E in support of expeditionary warfare systems
  • Establishes the overall CNO policy for preparation and conduct of amphibious warfare.[6]


Rear Admiral Paul J. Schlise, Director, Surface Warfare Division, N96, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

OPNAV N96, the Surface Warfare Directorate, is responsible for the determination of force levels, shipboard and related support requirements and major features of programs involving weapon systems, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, command ships, patrol craft, and littoral combat ships. In addition, N96 plans, prepares, and executes as related to those missions. N96 serves as N9’s principal advisor for afloat anti-terrorism/force protection (ATFP) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) issues related to readiness, safety, survivability, training and preparation for war of the above surface forces. As such, N96 serves as N9’s representative in all matters related to afloat ATFP and CBRN readiness with other governmental agencies and produces assessments for all related Joint Capability Areas under the Sea Strike, Sea Shield and Sea Basing pillars. Because the organization is the Executive Agent for the Navy’s chemical, biological, and defense (CBD) programs as well as being the resource sponsor for Afloat Force Protection, they recognize needs and develop and evaluate plans to meet current and long-range strategic goals for enhanced ATP and CBRN readiness. [7]


Rear Admiral Doug Perry, Director, Undersea Warfare Division, N97, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

As announced on April 30, 2021, Rear Admiral Doug Perry is the Director, Undersea Warfare Division, N97.[8] OPNAV N97, Director, Undersea Warfare, is responsible for the planning, programming and budgeting for acquisition, operational readiness and modernization of undersea forces. N97 develops future force capabilities by defining the future role of undersea forces in operations and warfighting; determining platform, systems, payload, people, and posture requirements; and translating requirements into decisions, policy and funding. [9]

Current Undersea Warfare (USW) Science & Technology (S&T) focus areas include: (1) Assure access to maritime battlespace; (2) Autonomy and unmanned systems; (3) Undersea maneuver warfare; (4) Expeditionary and irregular warfare; (5) Information dominance and cyber; (6) Platform design and survivability; (7) Power and energy; (8) Strike and integrated defense; (9) Warfighter performance; and, (10) Undersea precision navigation and timing.[10]


Rear Admiral Andrew Loiselle, Director, Air Warfare Division (N98)

Rear Admiral Andrew Loiselle became director, Air Warfare Division, N98, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in June 2021.[11] The Air Warfare Division (N98) balances warfighting requirements with available funding to provide an investment strategy intended to reduce Naval and Marine Corps aviation warfighting risks. N98 is mainly responsible for building, integrating, and defending yearly Program Objective Memorandums (POMs) for all Naval Aviation Programs.[12]


Updated by Kristin Stiner, March 2023