Top China Laker picked for pentagon post

Top China Laker picked  for pentagon postSubmitted by NAWCWD Public Affairs

An announcement out of the Pentagon on Aug. 13 named NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson as the next Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.

Johnson follows William Bray as DASN (RDT&E) and will be responsible for executive oversight of all matters related to RDT&E budget activities, science and engineering, advanced research and development, prototyping and experimentation, and test and evaluation. She will also be responsible for oversight and stewardship of the Department of Navy Research and Development Establishment including naval laboratories, warfare centers and systems centers.

“Though we are all reluctant to see JJ leave NAWCWD after all that she has done for this organization, we are also excited for her,” said Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, NAWCWD commander. “Her selection as the next DASN (RDT&E) is a major accomplishment and a significant honor. DASN (RDT&E) is one of the most crucial interfaces between Warfare Centers and Pentagon leadership, so we can look forward to continuing to work closely with JJ in her new capacity.”

Johnson has more than 35 years of experience in research, development, engineering, and acquisition in both the private sector and as a civilian with DoD. She was hired into the government in 2000 at NAWCWD China Lake, and was selected as the executive director in 2016.

Johnson and Bray will have a short transition at the end of August before she takes the helm as DASN (RDT&E).

“Our loss is a greater gain for the Navy,” said Melissa Finnell, NAWCWD Chief of Operations. “JJ has been an exceptional leader during some of the most challenging times ever seen at NAWCWD, and she will be greatly missed. We all wish her much success in her new role as she continues to make an impact for the warfighter.”

Pictured: NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson accepts the flag flown in her honor at China Lake on Aug. 14. — U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez

Story First Published: 2020-08-21