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Rear Adm. David Lewis Takes Command of Navy’s SPAWAR Org

Rear Adm. David Lewis

Rear Adm. David Lewis, formerly program executive officer for ships at the U.S. Navy, has assumed the role of commander of the branch’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

He succeeds Rear Adm. Patrick Brady, who has stepped down after four years of leadership over the nearly 10,000-employee organization, SPAWAR announced Thursday.

Lewis has managed the branch’s foreign military sales account and shipbuilding programs for surface combatant, logistics support and amphibious vessels in his role as Ships PEO.

He said at a change-of-command ceremony that he plans to use an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to ensure that Navy cyber systems are secured and aims to help the service address technology performance and cost issues in his new position.

“My job as commander is to make certain this organization continues to deliver an enduring cyber engineering construct that codifies and establishes the way we architect, design, accredit and continuously monitor our secure, performance-based afloat, ashore and aloft systems,” Lewis said.

Brady worked to establish the Navy’s information technology technical authority and fleet readiness directorate during his four-year tenure as SPAWAR commander.

He also oversaw the launch of a tactical afloat network known as CANES and two Mobile User Objective System narrowband communications satellites.

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