In his final assignment, Rear Adm. (ret) Martin J. Brown was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). There he advised the Navy’s Senior Acquisition Executive on business matters concerning Navy and Marine Corps programs and provided policy and oversight for the Navy’s procurement system, which comprised over 600 activities conducting approximately two million transactions annually worth more than $65 billion. Rear Adm. Brown also served as the Competition Advocate General of the Navy. As such, he ensured that the Navy and Marine Corps maximize competition to obtain the best value for their procurements.
He previously served as Special Assistant for Joint and Operational Logistics, Naval Supply Systems Command, Arlington, Va., from 2002 to 2004. His other tours include Force Supply Officer for the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, from 2000 to 2002, Acquisition Business Management Deputy for Program Support in Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition from 1998 to 2000. From January to July 1999, he served in Sarajevo, Bosnia, as North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Theater Head of Contracts.
Rear Adm. Brown received his commission through the NROTC program from the University of Notre Dame in 1977. Following Supply Corps School, he was assigned as Supply Officer of USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619). From 1980 to 1982, he was a Navy Acquisition Contracting Officer at the Navy Regional Contracting Center in Long Beach, Calif. From 1982 to 1984, he served as Supply Officer of Submarine Squadron Four in Charleston. From 1984 to 1986, he attended UCLA's Graduate School of Management, receiving his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Public Management. From 1986 to 1989 he served as Business Review Officer and New Construction Contracts Officer at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair in San Diego. Following that tour, he was Assistant Supply Officer of USS McKee (AS 41).
Rear Adm. Brown served as Deputy Director of the Missiles, Systems and Avionics Contracts Division at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1993. He received a master of science degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and also graduated from the Defense Acquisition University's Senior Acquisition Course in 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he was assigned to the Joint Staff International Logistics Division. For his contributions to operational logistics in Haiti and Bosnia, then Commander Brown was recognized as the Logistics Directorate’s Action Officer of the Year in 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he was Supply Officer of USS Tarawa (LHA 1), completing two western Pacific deployments.
Rear Adm. Brown's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense and Navy Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars.