Vice Adm. Benedict is assigned as director of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). His previous flag assignment was as program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) in Washington, D.C.
Benedict transferred to the engineering duty officer community in 1985 then reported to SSP in 1988 as a lieutenant. He has had nine previous billets within SSP in numerous technical branches including a field tour at the Missile Manufacturing Facility and as the deputy director/technical director.
Benedict also had three tours in Naval Sea Systems Command as a systems engineer, as the executive assistant to the commander and Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS).
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a bachelor's degree and holds a Master of Science in engineering science and a Master of Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Advanced Program Management Course at the Defense Acquisition University, the Executive Leadership Course at Carnegie Mellon, and is a certified project management professional.
Benedict assumed command as the 13th director of Strategic Systems Programs May 7, 2010 and was promoted to Vice Admiral May, 28 2013.