OPNAV N9


Vice Adm. James Kilby, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities (OPNAV N9)

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]

OPNAV N94


Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, Chief of Naval Research/Director, Innovation Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (N94)

N94 is the office for the Chief of Naval Research and Director, Innovation Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation.[2] As Chief of Naval Research, Rear Adm. Hahn is responsible for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and oversees an estimated $2 billion annual budget for naval science and technology (S&T) programs. ONR is the lead agency for Navy and Marine Corps S&T initiatives from basic and conceptual research to applied research, as well as advanced technology development and rapid technologies requested by warfighters. N94 is also tasked with test and evaluation (T&E) support to acquisition programs as well as oversight of Navy T&E infrastructure.[3], [4]

N94 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART (2018)

Source: Office of Naval Research, 2018[5]

OPNAV N95


Major General David W. Coffman, Director, Expeditionary Warfare (N95)

Major General Coffman, the only Marine Corps General on the OPNAV staff, currently resides as the Director, 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]

OPNAV N96


Rear Adm. Ronald A. Boxall, Director, Surface Warfare (N96)

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]

OPNAV N97


Rear Adm. Thomas Ishee, Director, Undersea Warfare (N97)

OPNAV N97, Director, Undersea Warfare, is responsible for the planning, programming and budgeting for acquisition, operational readiness and modernization of undersea forces.[8] 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]

OPNAV N98


Rear Adm. Gregory N. Harris, Director, Air Warfare (N98)

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.[11]

N98 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART (2012)

Source: U.S. Navy, 2012 [12]

 

Updated by Kristin Stiner, February 2020

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