Navy Warfare Development Command

NWDC Leadership



Navy Warfare Development

Command (NWDC)

Rear Adm. John F. Meier, is a native of Export, Pennsylvania. He's a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering. He completed flight training in Beeville, Texas and was "winged" as a naval aviator in August 1988.

Meier's operational assignments include Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, Carrier Air Wing (CVW)2, VAQ-128, and executive officer onboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), during which the command was recognized with the 2008, 2009 & 2010 Battle "E" and the 2009 Safety "S.". Command tours include VAQ-136, earning the Safety "S" and Battle "E" in 2004 as well as the 2005 Retention Excellence award; USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), earning the 2011 Battle "E"; and PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) earning the 2014 & 2015 Retention Excellence awards. Meier most recently commanded Carrier Strike Group 10.

Meier's shore assignments include tours at VAQ-129, where he was recognized as the Instructor Pilot of the Year in 1995; EA-6B placement officer at Navy Personnel Command; senior operations officer and emergency actions officer on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center; requirements officer for EA-18G at Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N88; assistant chief of staff force readiness officer at Commander, Naval Air Forces; and the assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4).

Meier has participated in operations around the world since Desert Storm, Lead Southern Partnership Station and built the crew and culture of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) as her first commanding officer. He has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours and 675 carrier landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit (4) and various other personal and unit level awards.

Rear Admiral Meier assumed command of Navy Warfare Development Command on July 3, 2019.

Thomas Kiss

Executive director,

Navy Warfare Development

Command (NWDC)

Mr. Kiss is the Executive Director of Navy Warfare Development Command. In this role, he is responsible for the development of concepts, experimentation, war games, and doctrine to improve Navy warfighting readiness.

Prior to entering the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Kiss served on active duty as a nuclear-trained Navy Surface Warfare Officer, retiring as a Captain after 30 years of service. His sea duty assignments include tours as Strike Warfare Officer in USS Monterey (CG 61), Chemistry Assistant and Chemistry/Radiological Controls Assistant in USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Weapons Control Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS Princeton (CG 59), Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Executive Officer in USS Cape St George (CG 71), Commanding Officer of USS Stout (DDG 55), and Commanding Officer of USS Monterey (CG 61).

Ashore, he served as a Joint Capabilities Analyst in the Joint Staff"s Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessments (JS/J-8), as Officer-in-Charge of the Surface Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team in Bremerton, WA, as Military Legislative Assistant and Legislative Fellow on the staff of Representative Gene Taylor (D-MS) in the U.S. House of Representatives, as head of Surface Nuclear Officer Programs and Placement (PERS-424/41N) at Navy Personnel Command, and as Chief of Staff at Navy Warfare Development Command.

Mr. Kiss graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. He earned a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989 and is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Armed Forces Staff College. He completed a fellowship through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in 2005.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit with gold star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with one gold star), the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with four gold stars), and Navy Achievement Medal (with two gold stars).

Capt James P. Dunn III

Chief of Staff,

Navy Warfare Development

Command (NWDC)

CAPT Dunn, son of a career naval officer, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994. Having service selected Surface Warfare and completed SWOS, CAPT Dunn reported to his first ship, USS JOHN L HALL (FFG 32) as the Damage Control Assistant. Following the successful completion of UNITAS 95, CAPT Dunn reported to USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) in San Diego, California, as the Main Propulsion Assistant.

Selected for lateral transfer to aviation, CAPT Dunn reported to Pensacola, Florida, in the summer of 1998 and earned his wings in January 2000. After completion of FRS training in the SH-60B, CAPT Dunn completed his junior officer flying tour in HSL-48, his department head tour in HSL-42, and commanded HSL-46 through their transition to the MH-60R and re-designation as HSM-46. CAPT Dunn has amassed over 1800 flying hours and made multiple deployments to the SOUTHCOM, EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs. In Major Command, he deployed to the FIFTH Fleet AOR with the BATAAN Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and to the SIXTH Fleet AOR with the IWO JIMA ARG for TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018.

CAPT Dunn's shore tours include Assistant Washington Placement (PERS 441A) at the Naval Personnel Command, and as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Operations and later Deputy Defeat the Device division head at the Joint IED Defeat Organization in Crystal City, Virginia. Additionally, he served as Future Operations Officer (N33) on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet before screening for Major Command. He currently serves as Chief of Staff, Navy Warfare Development Command.

CAPT Dunn has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards. He earned a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.