Rear Adm. Mathias Winter has taken a dual role as chief of naval research and director of innovation, technology requirements and test and evaluation.
He formally assumed Office of Naval Research responsibility during a ceremony held Dec. 30 at the Pentagon and will oversee an estimated $2 billion annual budget for the branch’s science and technology programs, ONR said Monday.
Winter succeeds Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, who will retire after a 32-year career in the U.S. Navy.
“I look forward to leading the ONR team in stretching the limits of physics and discovering the next generation of breakthrough technologies to ensure a dominant, capable and relevant naval force for the future,” Winter said.
He previously served as a Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, a Naval Air Systems Command assistant commander for test and evaluation and a program executive officer in charge of unmanned aviation and strike weapons.
He was designated in 1985 as a naval flight officer and has also led A-6E aircraft operational missions at sea aboard multiple carriers as well as held leadership positions in the Joint Strike Fighter, tactical aircraft and precision strike weapon programs.
His personal decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Legion of Merit awards and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals.