Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command


Anthony J. Cifone, SES

Mr. Cifone is currently the Vice Commander for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

He was selected to the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 and has 40 years of Federal Service.

Mr. Cifone began his career with the U.S. Government in 1974 as a Project Engineer at the Naval Air Propulsion Test Center, Trenton, NJ. He was responsible for conducting tests on gas turbine engines for United States Navy (USN) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft. In 1980, he was assigned as the Program Manager for Navy Propulsion Exploratory Development. In 1989, he became Supervisor of the Engineering Division, Naval Air Propulsion Center in support of Cruise Missile and Unmanned Air Vehicles Propulsion Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) and Lead Technical Evaluator for Industry Independent Research and Development, managing systems that included both Air Force and Navy expendable gas turbine engines, aerial subscale targets, the Pioneer Unmanned Air Vehicle, and developmental Unmanned Air Vehicle programs. He later assumed the position of Department Head, Propulsion Systems Development and Evaluation. In 1994, he was assigned as the Head of the Propulsion and Power Planning and Operations Office, NAVAIR, Patuxent River, Md.; he was responsible for the planning and management of all Propulsion RDT&E efforts, totaling over $100M per year.

In 2000, he was assigned the Director of Research and Engineering, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. He led efforts addressing Naval Aircraft Weapons Systems applications and was responsible for the performance of 4,000 scientists and engineers (military, civilian and contractor) with an annual budget authority of over $350M. In 2004, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as Director of the Propulsion and Power Department, NAVAIR. His management authority, which included leadership of 600 scientists and engineers, as well as over $1.8 billion in total annual budget authority, spanned all aspects of USN and USMC air vehicle propulsion and power systems.

In May 2013 he was selected for the position of Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, NAVAIR. He was NAVAIR's Civilian Chief Engineer, technical authority, and spokesperson for all research, engineering and fleet support matters. He held this role until August 2019 when he was selected for his current position.

Mr. Cifone graduated from New York University in 1974 with a bachelor's of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics. As a Supervisory Aerospace Engineer with over 40 years of experience, he has a strong technical and business background in the areas of aircraft and weapons system conceptual design, development, acquisition, production and in-service support.

Mr. Cifone has been awarded the 2008 Presidential Rank Award.

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