Rear Adm. Kurt J. Rothenhaus is a native of New York City, New York. He received his commission in 1992 upon graduating from the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and transferred into the Engineering Duty Officer community in 2003.
His operational assignments include serving as combat systems/C5I officer on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served on USS O’Brien (DD 975) as chief engineer, USS Fife (DD 991) and on the staff of Destroyer Squadron 15 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. He also completed an Individual Augmentee tour in Baghdad, Iraq.
His shore tours include; program manager for Navy Communications and GPS Program Office (PMW) 160, Tactical Networks, at PEOC4I; commanding officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific and deputy program manager for PMW/A-170. Additionally he served as the assistant program manager for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES) and Maritime Tactical Command and Control (MTC2) assistant program manager in the Navy Command and Control Program Office (PMW-150).
In May 2020, he assumed duty as program executive officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I)/program executive officer, Space Systems (PEO Space Systems).
Rothenhaus is the recipient of the A. Bryan Laswell, National Defense Industrial Association Award for technology innovation and was a Navy & Marine Corps Leadership Award winner in 2008. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint and Navy and various unit and service awards.