Rear Adm. Tom Anderson is a native of North Brunswick, New Jersey. He was commissioned in 1991 through the Navy Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Program at Boston University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
At sea, he qualified as a surface warfare officer aboard USS Capodanno (FF 1093) where he served as machinery and boilers division officer, and first lieutenant; he also served aboard USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as auxiliaries and electrical officer, where he coordinated the first two chief of Navy operations availabilities of the guided missile destroyer (DDG) 51 class.
Upon selection to the Engineering Duty Community in 1996, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also completed the Total Ship Systems Engineering Curriculum and became a California State licensed professional engineer.
Ashore, he has served in a variety of industrial, fleet, program office and headquarters assignments in ship design and construction, maintenance, budgeting and requirements. He served for five years as program manager of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Shipbuilding Program (PMS 501). During his tenure he transitioned two tier two shipyards from single ship to serial production (facilities, design, and manpower), achieved initial operating capability and conducted live fire test and evaluation for two ship variants, and is largely credited with stabilizing the LCS shipbuilding program. Additional assignments included: Naval Sea Systems Command executive assistant; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations requirements officer (N86); chief engineer and post delivery branch head for the DDG 51 Class (PMS 400D); Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic, mine warfare type desk officer (N43); and ship superintendent and destoyer designed guided/guided missile frigate planning yard officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath.
Anderson is the commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and leads more than 17,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel, both civilian and active duty, stationed at eight Naval Surface Warfare Center Divisions. NSWC provides research, development, test and evaluation for the future Navy as well as in-service engineering and logistics support for the operational naval forces.
Anderson’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with Level III certifications in Program Management, Production Quality Management, and Systems Engineering.