Vice Adm. Mike Moran is a native of Walden, New York. He is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He was designated a naval flight officer in 1986. He holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Troy State University and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College.
Moran’s tours included Patrol Squadron (VP) 23, Naval Air Station (NAS) Brunswick, Maine; P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) 30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida; VP-16, NAS Jacksonville; and Training Squadron (VT) 10, NAS Pensacola, Florida, where he served as the executive and commanding officer.
Moran also completed a tour to SDC Dallas as a project officer for an operationally sensitive, high priority Chief of Naval Operations program and multiple tours with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to include deputy program manager, systems engineering for the P-3 platform; deputy program manager, P-3 Aircraft Improvement Program; deputy program manager, P-8A Poseidon; and program manager for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program office (PMA-290).
In April 2012, Moran reported to the Pentagon to serve as military assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In his first flag assignment, Moran assumed command of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, and assistant commander for test and evaluation, NAVAIR. In December 2015, Moran served as program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs [PEO(T)].
In October 2018, he assumed responsibilities as principal military deputy for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development & Acquisition.