The Requirements Officer title is unique to the Navy. The Requirements Officer (RO) is usually the staff officer within a mission-oriented resource sponsorship (subsurface, surface, air, etc.) responsible for the link between the using commands, systems/developing commands, and OPNAV/SECNAV. They prepare and justify Navy positions on resource allocation within an assigned group of tasks broken out by Joint Mission Area or Support Area. They are active in all phases of PPBS and all other issues. Although the RO position is uniquely an OPNAV position, there are requirements counterparts at operational commands responsible for collecting warfighter requirements and coordinating with OPNAV on program matters.[1]

Updated by Kristin Stiner, May 2024