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Donald C. Winter

Donald C. Winter
74th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
January 3, 2006 – March 13, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Gordon R. England
Succeeded by Ray Mabus
Personal details
Born Donald Charles Winter
(1948-06-15) June 15, 1948
Brooklyn, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Linda
Alma mater University of Rochester, University of Michigan

Donald Charles Winter (born June 15, 1948)[1] is an United States Senate, and took the oath of office on January 3, 2006. In January 2009 Defense Secretary Gates requested that Winter remain in office until President Obama picked his successor on March 13, 2009.[2] He resigned on March 13.[3]

Life and career

Winter earned a bachelor's degree (with highest distinction) in physics from the University of Rochester in 1969. He received a master's degree in 1970, and a doctorate in physics in 1972, from the University of Michigan.

He joined the aerospace technology company TRW in 1972, and directed laser physics projects in Redondo Beach, California. By 1978, he was head of the optics department there.

In 1980, Winter received a three-year appointment to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), serving under Dr. Bob Cooper during the very early years of research into the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) proposed by President Ronald Reagan. Winter's main responsibility was for Talon Gold, an advanced acquisition, tracking, and pointing experiment in space. During that period, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Winter sworn in as Secretary of the Navy, January 2006.
Donald Winter with then-CNO Admiral Michael Mullen and then-MCPON Terry D. Scott

In 1982, Winter resigned from his DARPA appointment early and returned to TRW, where he held senior systems engineering and program management responsibilities for a variety of space system programs for the next eight years. From 1990 through 1997, as vice president and general manager of the defense systems division of TRW's Space & Electronics (S&E) business, Winter directed space systems activities that supported the national defense effort.

Winter was president and CEO of TRW Systems from January 2000 until its acquisition by Northrop Grumman in December 2002. After the Northrop acquisition, Winter became head of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems until his nomination by President Bush to become the civilian head of the Department of the Navy.

References

  1. ^ http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_senate_hearings&docid=f:34348.wais
  2. ^ "Secretary of the Navy to stay for a while". UPI. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-04-22.  (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5fv99oe81)
  3. ^ "Navy Secretary Departs Office". United States Department of Defense. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

External links

  • Official Navy biography
Government offices
Preceded by
Gordon R. England
United States Secretary of the Navy
January 2006–2009
Succeeded by
Raymond Mabus Jr.
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