Ms. Susie Hartzog currently serves as the Department Head for SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Code 55/58 Communications, Networks, and Cybersecurity. She is a Senior Scientific and Technical Manager (SSTM) and is responsible for a team of over 800 scientists, engineers, technical specialists, and administrative staff members with a budget of over $500M annually. SSC Pacific Code 55 (Communications and Networks) encompasses the emerging environment in networking and computing as well as terrestrial and wireless communication services. SSC Pacific Code 58 (Cybersecurity Engineering) provides cybersecurity including the technical and certification expertise to establish and sustain the cybersecurity standards, tools, and processes that ensure Navy warfighter mission success.
Ms. Hartzog is a native of Santa Monica, CA and graduated from University of California, San Diego in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. She furthered her education in Electrical Engineering through postgraduate work at San Diego State University from 1989-1991.
Ms. Hartzog’s government career began in 1989 at the Naval Weapons Station in Fallbrook, CA as an Electrical Engineer supporting Quality Assurance Weapons Testing. Ms. Hartzog next joined what is now known as SSC Pacific as the Lead Project Manager and Systems Engineer at the Electronic Warfare (EW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) ranges on San Clemente Island. She transferred to the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) code where she supported M&S of Command and Control Systems.
In 1997, she joined what is now the Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) in San Diego, CA, as the Submarine Communications Program Office (PMW 173) Submarine Exterior Communications Systems (ECS) software manager. In 1998, Ms. Hartzog served as the Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) for network integration in the Naval Integrated Networks Program Office (PMW 158/165, now PMW 160). She later served as the Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for PMW 173.
From 2002 to 2008, Ms. Hartzog assumed the role as the PAPMfor Future Enterprise Networking in the Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW 160). She successfully managed a portfolio of future networking and enterprise services acquisition efforts which included Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) and Automated Digital Network System (ADNS).
From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Hartzog served as the PAPM for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division in the Battlespace Awareness and Information Operations Program Office (PMW 120). From 2012 to 2016, she served as the DPMfor PMW 120, delivering critical meteorology and oceanography, ISR, and Information Operations capabilities from the seabed to space. As PMW 120 DPM, Ms. Hartzog had direct oversight of two ACAT I programs.
Ms. Hartzog is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is certified at Level III in the Program Management (PM) and Engineering career fields. Her civilian awards include the Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service and Superior Civilian Service Awards.