Thursday, May 5, 2011

Navy Names LCS PEO

I've now heard it from three independent sources, so I'm going to run with it. Apparently Rear Admiral James A. Murdoch is being given the PEO LCS job. I wish this job on nobody...

I didn't believe this when I first heard it, after all, there are a lot of very serious people who thought he should have been fired the first time he ran the LCS program, but in the end he was promoted so...

I have no idea, LCS was obviously a problem before Murdoch was program manager so hard to place all of the blame on him. With that said, I do know that when I have written about leadership and accountability among Flag Officers in the past, his name came up often - as all former program managers of the Littoral Combat Ship did.

Please try to keep the comments professional, I don't want to babysit. Below is his resume.

Rear Admiral Murdoch reported as director of Fleet Maintenance for U.S. Fleet Forces Command in August 2010.

Since becoming a member of the Acquisition Professional Corps, he served as assistant program manager for Modernization (PMS 312E) in Program Executive Office, Aircraft Carriers; project manager for Naval Surface Fire Support in Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems; major program manager, Surface Weapons & Launchers (IWS 3.0) in Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems; and major program manager for the Littoral Combat Ship in Program Executive Office, Ships.

His career as a Surface Warfare officer included assignments in USS Virginia (CGN 38); USS Capodanno (FF 1093); USS California (CGN 36); USS Trenton (LPD 14); and PCU Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). He served on the staffs of Nuclear Power School; Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; and Commander, Amphibious Group Two. He is an NROTC graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and graduated with distinction from the Naval War College.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Good luck sir, you're going to need it!

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