Dr. John Mittleman Receives DON Superior Civilian Service Award

6/2/2009 - 38-09r
Contact: Donna McKinney, (202) 767-2541

Dr. John Mittleman, currently a general engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, has received the Superior Civilian Service Award "for superior service to the government of the United States in duties of great responsibility as Science Advisor and Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and commander, SIXTH Fleet (CNE-C6F) from August 2004 to July 2008.

Dr. Mittleman provided exceptional leadership and applied intelligent agent technology in support of CNE-C6F Maritime Domain Awareness efforts. His innovative planning and management techniques addressed a multitude of challenging and developmental issues for CNE-CF6 leadership and staff while empowering C6F operational units to achieve their mission readiness and effectiveness. Additionally, he was instrumental in establishing the foundational concept of a multilateral, unclassified, freely shared data network that remains the bedrock concept behind the Maritime Safety and Security information System (MISSIS). He initiated the partnership between CNE-C6F and the Department of Transportation Volpe Center team to execute the system development. Finally, he served as the Operational Manager for the Regional Maritime Awareness Capabilities (RMAC) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) that successfully served CNE-C6F's regional campaign plan for the Gulf of Guinea, and supported the creation of the Sâo Toméan Coast Guard.

At CNE-C6F, Dr. Mittleman instituted the new ideas and new technologies that propelled the command into the future. In his current position here at NRL he continues to work with Maritime Domain Awareness programs, serving as a bridge between the technology producers at NRL and the inter-agency, international, and policy activities that play directly into the deployment of those technologies. In addition to the MISSIS, Dr. Mittleman contributed expertise and guidance to two DARPA programs (Fast C2Ap and PANDA); three important JCTDs (CMA, RMAC, and MASTER); a Congressional program, Computer Assisted Maritime Threat Evaluation (CAMTES); three coalition warfare programs (Radiation Detection in the Black Sea, Pathogen Analysis in Africa, and the Maritime Domain Awareness off West Africa); and CNE-CF6's participation in the ONI-led Single Integrated Look-Out List (SILO), and the Coast Guard ship tracking program (MAGNet). He was actively engaged with the Operational Experimentation at CNE-C6F with the use of unclassified satellite-based AIS and imagery to support the engagement programs, and with partnerships to non-military activities.

Dr. Mittleman serves at NRL as a liaison between the scientific and technology communities and policy-makers. Prior to this, he served four years as the Science Advisor to the U.S. Commander of Naval Forces Europe, Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy (2004 to 2008), three years as an Associate Director of Technology and Engagement with the Office of Navy Research (2001 to 2004) and three years as Science Advisor to the U.S. Naval Central Command and Commander of the Fifth Fleet in Bahrain (1998 to 2001). Dr. Mittleman received his B.S. in Engineering at Cornell University and went on to receive his M.S. in Ocean Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970. He later earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 1995.

Dr. Mittleman has received a number of awards and achievements, most recently the OSD AT&L JCTD Management Team of the Award (Comprehensive Maritime Awareness JCTD) in 2008. He also received the Chief of Naval Research Science Advisor of the Year Award in 2008 and 2000. Dr. Mittleman was recognized as Chief of Naval Research Award of Merit for the NR-STAT Team in 2002. In 2001, he was also chosen to receive the DON FY2000 Competition and Procurement Excellence Award for the Bahrain Coastal Surveillance System Team and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Award.

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