U.S. Navy Rear Adm. David Hahn, formerly special assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, has been named chief of naval research at the service branch, the Defense Department announced Friday.
He will succeed Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, who has been appointed deputy director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program at the office of defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Hahn will oversee the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory that comprises the naval center for space technology and four directorates that perform scientific research.
He has held several acquisition roles within the Navy since 2007, such as major program manager for the Submarine Combat and Weapon Control Systems program and joint test and evaluation test director and program manager for advanced submarine research and development.
The Defense Superior Service Medal recipient also served as commander of the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) submarine for four years.
Winter is a 31-year Navy veteran who started his military career as a naval flight officer.
He previously served as manager of the Precision Strike Weapons program, assistant deputy program manager for the Joint Standoff Weapon System and program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft programs.