Michael B. Deitchman
Mr. Michael B. Deitchman was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on 9 September 2001. Mr. Deitchman’s career with the Navy spanned over 41 years, starting as an engineering student trainee from the University of Maryland Co-operative Education program in February 1971.
Mr. Deitchman in his last position prior to retirement from Federal Senior Executive Service was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Research, Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Science and Technology Department at the Office of Naval Research, responsible for the Navy’s aircraft, air and surface weapons technology programs as well as Science and Technology Program Manager for the Sea Strike IPT Future Naval Capability. He managed an annual budget of over $250M with over 200 performers and supervised 55 civilian and contractor employees including two Naval Officers. Much of his departments portfolio focus was on the “next big thing” with disruptive technology related to unmanned air systems technology, intelligent autonomy, hypersonic weapons, advanced adaptive cycle turbine propulsion and fighting at the speed of light with Innovative Naval Prototypes for the EM Rail Gun and High Energy Lasers.
He conceptualized, organized, managed and successfully championed a complex portfolio of basic research through applied technology in the key areas of unmanned air systems, sea based aviation, high speed weapons, aircraft propulsion, directed energy and electromagnetic weapons. Aviation related examples of basic research portfolio included autonomous intelligent control that has transitioned to industry for unmanned aircraft autopilots and sponsored the design of an intelligent computer interface for controlling air traffic around the deck of an aircraft carrier. Advanced and applied technology portfolio examples included sense and avoid technology research, successful UCAV design and flight test in collaboration with DARPA, autonomous landing period designator for Unmanned Rotary Wing aircraft shipboard operations, heavy fuel engines for Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS), sponsored development of new aircraft flight control laws intended to reduce pilot workload and aide a fully automated precision approach and landing technique for manned and unmanned carrier launched aircraft. Through his leadership, Sea Based Aviation was designated a National Naval Responsibility, ensuring the continued DoN investment in basic research of Naval Aviation Science and Technology for future generations of scientists and engineers.
He supported NCIS and FBI initiatives that were unprecedented and uniquely successful in identifying, mitigating and exploiting the ways in which our potential foreign competitors have been aggressively targeting the Navy’s most sensitive research and development efforts.
Collateral duties with the Office of the Secretary of Defense included Chair of the Directed Energy Technology Focus Team and Co- Chair of Technology Readiness Assessments for Naval Aircraft Programs.
He proposed and successfully championed to Senior Navy Leadership the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) Innovative Naval Prototype. The INP has successfully demonstrated the objective of developing goal directed supervisory control by a field operator, including autonomously avoiding obstacles while finding and landing at an unprepared landing site in dynamic conditions.
Prior to his last assignment, Mr. Deitchman was the Director of the Strike Technology Division at the Office of Naval Research where he served as Chair of the Autonomous Operations Future Naval Capability portfolio of advanced research for unmanned air, surface and undersea systems. Collateral duties with the Office of the Secretary of Defense included Chairs for both the Air Platforms and Weapons Technology Area Reviews and Assessments (TARAs).
Mr. Deitchman served in numerous positions during his 30 years of civilian service with the Naval Air Systems Command. Prior to his promotion to the Senior Executive Service he served as the Deputy Assistant Commander for the Shore Station Management Group. He also served as the Naval Air Systems Command Team Leader for the Competitive Sourcing Enterprise Team from 1998 through 2001.
Mr. Deitchman was the Associate for Integrated Systems Test and Evaluation and Head of the Ship Suitability and Air Traffic Control & Landing Systems Division in the Test & Evaluation Engineering Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division from 1996 to 1998. Managed the conduct and performed technical review of all Navy ship based tactical and rotary wing aircraft, and unmanned air vehicle flight test aboard ships capable of aircraft operations including shipboard certification of landing aides and launch and recovery systems.
Mr. Deitchman was detailed to the Navy’s A-12 IPT in 1994, where along with a select group, conducted independent analysis of the A- 12 trial merits of claim. He was awarded the Department of Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1996 for his achievements in the analysis of the A-12 aircraft’s Total System Performance, Low Observables, and flying qualities and performance.
Mr. Deitchman returned to Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Patuxent River in 1989 where he held positions as Chief Engineer for the Simulation, Control and Technology Department at the Manned Flight Simulator and Deputy Program Manager for F/A-18 Systems Engineering Management and Foreign Military Sales. In 1981, Mr. Deitchman transferred to the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters where he served as Assistant Program Manager for Test and Evaluation of the F/A-18 and V-22 programs, Chief Engineer for the E-2C and C-2A aircraft programs from 1983 through 1986, and as Head of the Carrier Aircraft Class Desks from 1986 through 1989. While serving as Chief Engineer for the E-2C and C-2A Class Desks, he managed complex integration and flight testing of the Group I and II radar and T56-A-427 engine upgrade of the E-2C aircraft as well as unique FMS requirements for Egypt and Singapore.
After graduating in 1973 with a bachelor’s of science in aerospace engineering, Mr. Deitchman returned to the Naval Air Test Center as a senior flight test engineer. He participated directly in all phases of the acquisition process ranging from the concept and demonstration phases of the YT-34C and YAV-8B aircraft programs, technical evaluation of the high angle of attack characteristics of the A-4/TA-4, EA- 6B and A-7 aircraft, and full scale engineering development of the AV-8B and TAV-8A aircraft.
Mr. Michael Deitchman has a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Management of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation from the University of Southern California, completed graduate study in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School. He is a graduate of Naval Air Systems Command Senior Executive Management Development Program and The Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Program. Mr. Deitchman is also a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with Level III DAWIA certification in Program Management, Test and Evaluation, Science and Technology Management and System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering. Mr. Deitchman has received many awards for achievement and performance, including the Department of Navy’s Highest Civilian Honor the Distinguished Civilian Service Award as well as the Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards. Mr. Deitchman received the Glenn L Martin Award for contributions to the field of Aerospace Engineering and was inducted into the University of Maryland, Department of Aerospace Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni in November 2007.
Mr. Michael Deitchman holds memberships in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Helicopter Society, International (AHS-I), Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association, USN Test Pilot School Alumni Association, Navy League and Directed Energy Professional Society. He has just recently elected to the AHS-I Board of Directors for a two year term as the Southeast Regional Director. and is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence.