Donald C. Winter was sworn in today as the 74th secretary of the Navy by Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense GordonEngland. In this position, Winter leads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team and is responsible for almost 900,000 people and an annual budget in excess of $125 billion.
The secretary of the Navy is responsible for all the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, supplying, equipping, training, mobilizing and demobilizing. The secretary also oversees the construction, outfitting and repair of naval ships, equipment and facilities. The office is also responsible for formulating and implementing naval policies and programs that are consistent with the national security policies and objectives established by the President and the secretary of defense. The Department of the Navy consists of two uniformed services: the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Before joining the Bush administration, Winter served as a corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector. In that position, he oversaw operation of the business and its 18,000 employees, providing information technology systems and services; systems engineering and analysis; systems development and integration; scientific, engineering and technical services; and enterprise management services. Winter also served on the company's corporate policy council.
Previously, Winter served as president and CEO of TRW Systems; vice president and deputy general manager for group development of TRW's Space & Electronics business; and vice president and general manager of the defense systems division of TRW. From 1980 to 1982, he was with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as program manager for space acquisition, tracking and pointing programs.
Winter earned a bachelor's degree (with highest distinction) in physics from the University of Rochester in 1969. He received a master's degree and a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan in 1970 and 1972, respectively. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Southern California Management Policy Institute, a 1987 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles Executive Program and a 1991 graduate of the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.