Navy Communications and GPS Navigation Program

PMW/A -170’s Air Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) Program provides Global Positioning System (GPS) protection for Naval Air platforms by giving the warfighter continued access to GPS through the use of Anti-jam (AJ) Antenna Systems designed to counter GPS Electronic Warfare threats due to intentional and unintentional interference. Typical installations replace a platform’s existing GPS antenna with a larger NAVWAR antenna and separate antenna electronics, while leaving a platform’s GPS receiver in place. Future designs may combine the NAVWAR antenna and antenna electronics into one unit. PMW/A-170 is also the Navy’s Communication Program Office providing Broadband Satellite service to ships and potentially aircraft as well as other communications products that may have Naval Aviation applications.

Capt. Andrew Gibbons, U.S. Navy

Program Manager, Navy Communications and GPS Navigation Program

Capt. Andrew Gibbons graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

In February 1994, he reported to USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) as well deck officer and Aft Engineering plant division officer. While stationed onboard USS Mount Vernon, he qualified as a surface warfare officer. He next reported to Assault Craft Unit Five in Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he qualified as a Small Craft officer-in-charge.

In January 1998, Gibbons reported to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he received his masters of science in mechanical engineering. While there, he was selected to be an engineering duty officer. During this time, he received a master’s of science in software engineering from National University.

In 2004, Gibbons reported to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), Installations and Logistics Directorate as the assistant program manager for Installations for Pacific Fleet ships. A year later, he stood up the installation management responsibilities for Carrier and Air Integration program office (PMW-750).

In January 2007, he deployed to Baghdad as an individual augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there, he was assigned as the director of fielding for vehicle-borne Counter Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare systems employed by Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

From 2008 to 2011, Gibbons was officer-in-charge of NAVWAR Systems Facility Pacific, Japan. He also served as Naval Sea Systems Command Naval Systems Engineering Directorate’s strike force interoperability officer for Undersea Warfare. While officer-in-charge, he was responsible for all NAVWAR Enterprise activities within the Far East area of responsibility.

Gibbons reported to Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence in February 2011 to assume duties as the assistant program manager for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program. In September 2013, he became the deputy program manager for Ship Integration program office (PMW-760). In December 2013, Gibbons became the acting deputy program manager for the Tactical Networks program office (PMW-160). From September 2014 to November 2017, he served as the program manager for PMW-750.

Gibbons assumed command as the program manager for Communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation program office (PMW/A-170) in November 2017. He is responsible for the development and fielding of the Navy’s satellite communications, tactical communications, and GPS navigation systems across all naval platforms.

Gibbons is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in Program Management, Production, Quality & Manufacturing and Engineering.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign and service awards.


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