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Craig Sawyer

Craig Sawyer

Disruptive Capabilities Office Technical Director, US Navy / NATO

In 2019, Dr. Craig P. Sawyer began service with OPNAV N9I as a special advisor to the Director of Integrated Warfare. In this position, he serves as the N9I Portfolio Lead for all Naval Unmanned, Robotic and AI Systems as well as the Integration and Interoperability Science Advisor. His primary efforts worked to align and guide technology and resources into focus through the strategic 30- year picture balancing investments, studies, war games, exercises, and experimentation related to Unmanned Systems across the Naval enterprise. In 2021 this body of work created the DoN Unmanned Task Force which now works to lead the Navy’s plans to deliver the hybrid force of the future through Unmanned and AI programs, while also augmenting multi-domain force design today with rapidly emerging opportunities and innovation. This work helps define and align the investment, employment, and strategic development of the execution of a 17-billion-dollar Naval AI, unmanned and autonomous systems portfolio.

Career Chronology:
- Pentagon – DoN Unmanned Task Force Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer (Current)
- NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative Chairman (Current)
- Pentagon – Science Advisor to the Navy Director of Integrated Warfare (N9I)
- INDOPACOM – Deputy Science Advisor to INDOPACOM
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport - Special Projects Lead & Senior Data Analyst
- PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants – Senior Program Analyst
- Naval Base Point Loma, Detachment – Chief Test Engineer
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Nuclear Electronics Technician
- US Army 10 th Special Forces Group – Non-Commissioned Officer

- Doctorate of Engineering, May 2022, George Washington University
- Masters of Engineering, Dec 2019, Pennsylvania State University
- Bachelors of Science, Dec 2016, University of Southern Maine

Significant Training & Certifications:
- Graduate Certificate in Disruptive Innovation, Harvard
- Graduate Certificate in Strategy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, Duke
- Graduate Certificate in Congressional Affairs, Georgetown University
- Executive Certificate in Data Analytics, Cornell
- Executive Certificate in Innovation Management, IDEO

Awards and Honors
- NAVSEA Commander’s Executive Fellowship Program Graduate
- Over 50 special act awards (safety, leadership and innovation) various Navy commands
- Two awards of the Navy Superior Sustained Performance Award
- Army Commendation Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal
- NATO Campaign Service Medal

Professional Memberships and Associations
- Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
- Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Theta Kappa, and Golden Key Honors Societies