Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program

The MIDS Program Office (MPO) is comprised of the MIDS International Program Office (IPO), MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Advanced Tactical Data Links, and the Link 16 Waveform programs. The MIDS IPO, which manages the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) program, is an international cooperative development between France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States, and has a history of over 25 years of international cooperation. MIDS JTRS is a U.S. Navy funded program, built as a multi-channel, software-defined variant of MIDS-LVT. MIDS is the most widely-fielded family of Link 16 terminals in the world with products supporting airborne, maritime, ground mobile, and fixed-station platforms with a multi-band, multi-mode, networkable, software-definable radio system satisfying existing and future requirements for DoD joint interoperability.

Captain Shaun A. Swartz, USN

Program Manager, Multifunctional Information Distribution System

Capt. Shaun Swartz is the current Program Manager at PMA/PMW-101, the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office.  He took command of the Program in June 2019.

Swartz was born in Lima, Ohio, and grew up in Leawood, Kansas.  He attended Blue Valley North High School for two years before spending a year abroad studying in Chambery, France.  He returned to Blue Valley North High School for his senior year and graduated in 1991. Swartz received his commission through the NROTC program at Stanford University, where he received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995.  Swartz earned his MBA through the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating “With Distinction” in 2011. 

Swartz completed flight school and received his wings of gold in May 1998.  Initially, an F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), he completed tours with the “Fighting Checkmates” of Fighter Squadron 211 (VF 211), where he completed two deployments and flew 39 combat missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM; and as an Instructor RIO with the VF 101 “Grim Reapers”, where Swartz was selected to the 2004 F-14 demonstration team.  After transitioning to the F/A-18, follow-on assignments included serving with the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) and as an Instructor Weapons System Officer (WSO) with Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA 122).

Swartz was accepted into the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) corps in 2008.  AEDO assignment include F/A-18 weapons developmental flight test with the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX 31) “Dust Devils” in China Lake, CA; F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Class Desk at AIRLANT, Crew Systems Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead at the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia and Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) for the MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) at PMA/PMW-101. 

Most recently, Swartz was the Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division (NAWC-WD) Rapid Development Office (RDO) PM and AIR 4.7 (Weapons and Energetics) Military Director in China Lake, CA from 2017-2019.

Swartz has accumulated more than 2,600 flight hours (over 1,000 hours in both the F-14 and F/A-18) and 359 carrier arrested landings. He is certified DAWAI Level III PM, Level II T&E, Level II ENG, Level I IT, is a Department of the Navy (DoN) certified Acquisition Professional Member and a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Program Manager’s Course. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Strike Flight Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.


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