Capt. Douglas J. Adams was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, and graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He continued his education at Marquette University in 1998 with a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Adams enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and reached the rate of Electrician’s Mate First Class prior to being commissioned at Officer
Candidate School in 1992. After completion of Nuclear Power Training, Adams reported to USS Tennessee (Blue) (SSBN 734). He completed five strategic deterrence patrols. Following his junior officer tour, Adams reported to NROTC Marquette as an instructor.
In 1999 Adams reported to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-One as the Submarine Operations Officer where he completed a Western Pacific and Central Command Deployment as the Submarine Element Coordinator for the Stennis Battle Group.
In 2001, Adams reported to USS Bremerton (SSN 698) as Engineer Officer where he completed two Western Pacific Deployments and a change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following this tour, he reported the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare Centre in Portsmouth, England as an exchange officer. While in England, he completed an Arctic Deployment on HMS TIRELESS.
After completion of the Submarine Command Course, Adams reported as Executive Officer of USS Toledo (SSN 769) in December 2005. While onboard, he completed a Mediterranean and Central Command Deployment and executed a change of homeport to Norfolk, Virginia for a Depot Modernization Period. Following this tour, he reported to Commander, Submarine Force as the Force Nuclear Power Officer.
Adams commanded USS Rhode Island (Blue) (SSBN 740) from October 2010 to March 2013, completing four strategic deterrent patrols. During his command tour the crew earned the Battle Efficiency "E" award, Omaha Trophy, a Meritorious Unit Citation, two Deckplate leadership awards and various other awards. Following command, he reported to the Office of the Naval Inspector General to serve as Assistant Inspector General for Fleet Support – Submarines and Executive Assistant to the Inspector General.
Adams next reported to the Naval Sea Systems Command where he served as the Assistant Program Manager for Warfare Requirements and Testing for the Virginia Class Submarine Program (PMS 450) until April 2016. From April 2016 to March 2019, he was the Major Program Manager for Undersea Systems (IWS 5.0) within the Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems. From April 2019 to July 2022, he was the Program Manager for Maritime Surveillance Systems (PMS 485) within the Program Executive Office, Undersea Warfare Systems (UWS).
In July 2022 Adams assumed the role as Deputy, PEO UWS.