Keynote Speaker

Rear Admiral David H. Lewis
United States Navy
Program Executive Officer, Ships



Rear Admiral Lewis is currently assigned as program executive officer for ships, where he is responsible for Navy shipbuilding for surface combatants, amphibious ships, logistics support ships, support craft, and related foreign military sales.


Born at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, Lewis was
commissioned in 1979 through the Navy ROTC
Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

At sea, Lewis served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as
communications officer, where he earned his Surface
Warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire
control officer and missile battery officer; and USS
Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His
major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding
program manager in the Program Executive Office
Ships, where he helped deliver seven DDG 51 class
ships and procured another 10 ships.

Lewis’ shore assignments include executive assistant to
the assistant secretary of the Navy (Research,
Development and Acquisition), assistant chief of staff
for Maintenance and Engineering, commander, Naval
Surface Forces, where he also served as a charter
member of the Surface Warfare Enterprise. Other ship
maintenance and acquisition assignments ashore include
the Navy Secretariat staff; commander, Naval Sea
Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program
Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath; and Readiness
Support Group, San Diego.

Upon selection to flag rank, Lewis served as vice
commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.

Lewis earned a Master of Science degree in Computer
Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. He
completed the Seminar Course at the Naval War College
Command and Staff School, and received his Joint
Professional Military Education certification. He is a
member of the Acquisition Professional Community
with Level III certifications in Program Management
and Production Quality Management, and has completed
his civilian Project Management Professional

Lewis’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement
Medal, and various service and unit awards.