Kelly McCool

Director, Digital Warfare Office (OPNAV N9DW)
Precision Strike Technology Symposium (PSTS-21)
Ms. McCool is the Director, Digital Warfare Office (OPNAV N9DW) assigned to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities, (OPNAV N9), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In addition, she reports to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, (OPNAV N2N6), via a formal collaboration agreement between OPNAV N9 and N2N6. In this role, she is the Resource and Requirements sponsor for Project Overmatch, which is accelerating the delivery of the Naval Operational Architecture to the warfighter. She is driving digital integration and transformation efforts that enhance the distributed force’s lethality and decision-making capabilities.

Ms. McCool was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on September 2018 and has 31 years of civilian service.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.  She is also a graduate of both the NAVAIR Senior Executive Management Development Program and the Federal Executive Institute’s program for Leadership in a Democratic Society.

Ms. McCool previously served in various Naval Air Systems Command positions including the Director of the Mission Engineering and Analysis Department (AIR-4M), the Mission Area Lead Integrator for Surface and Strike Warfare (MALISS) in PEO Unmanned Aviation and Weapons, and the Principal Deputy Program Manager for the Mission Integration and Special Programs Office (PMA-298).  In addition, she has served as the Chief Engineer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and as the Technical Director for the Presidential Helicopter Program. In these positions, she was responsible for all technical and safety aspects of development, production and sustainment of both fielded and development aircraft.

Her awards include a Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.  She holds Level III certification in the Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) career field.