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Ashley G. Johnson
Technical Director
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division

Ashley Johnson
Ashley G. Johnson

Ashley Johnson is the Technical Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD). Johnson directs a workforce of more than 1,700 employees, and annual operations of more than $1 billion. In concert with the Commanding Officer, he directs operations at two locations in Indian Head, Md., as well as at locations in Oklahoma, Utah and New Jersey.


NSWC IHEODTD is charged with leading the Department of Navy in providing energetics, ordnance and EOD technical capabilities for all Department of Defense interests through engineering, manufacturing, industrial base support, research, development, documentation, testing and evaluation.


Mr. Johnson has served as the Acting Department Head and Director, Hybrid Complex Warfare Science Division. He was responsible for leading, managing, directing, and integrating an extensive $200 million Science and Technology (S&T) program which consists of basic research, applied research and advanced technology development, as well as efforts in a wide range of technical disciplines and warfare areas. Mr. Johnson served as the Applications Director in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism S&T Department, where he oversaw the department’s Future Naval Capability programs and Exploration and Development programs.


Mr. Johnson’s other assignments included a tour as the Science and Technology Advisor at U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) from 2001-2003. In this capacity, he managed S&T activity throughout the MARFORPAC area of responsibility and spent time in Marine Corps Forces Central Command as well as a deployment with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Prior to his tour at MARFORPAC, Johnson served at former Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division where he managed approximately $150 million in annual funding and directed facilities and personnel activity within the Surface Weapons and Ammunition Program. In an earlier assignment at Indian Head Division, he managed the plant manufacturing operations of engineers and technicians engaged in missile, torpedo and projectile warhead production engineering. In addition to his production engineering responsibilities, Johnson conducted propellant development programs and was the primary spokesman for the Navy in the scale-up and production of nitramine gun propellants during the Gulf War.


Mr. Johnson completed his undergraduate studies in 1987and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2008 as the Commandant’s Distinguished Graduate and has a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He has completed the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Senior Acquisition Course. Mr. Johnson received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2013, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2006, and was the 2011 Future Naval Capability/Enabling Capabilities Manager of the Year.


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