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William Farmer
Deputy Program Manager
Tactical Networks
SPAWAR
PEO C4I / PMW 160

William (Bill) Farmer has served in all levels of assignment in the Acquisition community from ISEA, to APM, PAPM, and multiple Deputy Program Manager (DPM) tours. He is a member of the Navy’s Acquisition Professional Community with a Level III Certification in the Program Management Field. Bill is currently serving as the Deputy Program Manager (DPM) in the PMW 160 Tactical Networks Program office which includes the ACAT 1 CANES and ACAT 2 ADNS programs. He also served as DPM in the SPAWAR Fleet Readiness Directorate as DPM for FRD 100 which includes responsibilities for Fleet Readiness, LCS C4I Platform Sustainment, Fleet Cyber Readiness, and In-Service program management to legacy C4I systems. Prior to that he was assigned as DPM in the PMW 760 Ship Integration program office with responsibilities to provide integrated C4I systems in support of New Construction and Fleet Modernization.

Previously assigned to PMW 160 from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Farmer served as the Acquisition Manager, Director of Operations, Principal APM for CANES, ISNS, SCI Networks, SubLAN, and CENTRIXS-M. Mr. Farmer’s efforts were instrumental in the establishment and program initiation activities associated with the Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services ACAT I program. Bill was the APM for the ADNS (Automated Digital Network System) program for 5 years from 2001 to 2005. Under his leadership ADNS deployed Increment II, IIA/IIB, and III systems providing Wide Area Networking (WAN) connectivity to over 200 afloat, shore, and aircraft platforms.

Prior to Mr. Farmer’s experience in both LAN and WAN Networking systems, he held numerous positions which leveraged his experience in Communications and RF systems. Bill was the APM for both the Digital Modular Radio (DMR) steering the program through a successful Milestone C and deployment on 18 Afloat Platforms. In addition, he served as the APM for the ARC-210 Radio Communications Systems. During his timeframe with the ARC-210 program, he created a partnership with NAVAIR and NAWC AD to deploy this previously Airborne “only” capable radio to 14 US Navy Ships as part of New Construction Efforts on DDG-51 and CVN 76/69. Concurrently with his APM responsibilities for the ARC-210 and DMR Radio Suites he also was the SCN Coordinator for all activities across SPAWAR PD 17 (former PMW’s 176, 173, and 179).

Mr. Farmer retired from the US Navy in June 1995. His first Civil Service assignment was as the ISEA (In Service Engineering Agent) of the WSC-3 Program at Systems Center San Diego Code D263. He transitioned to PEO C4I in 1999. Mr. Farmer was born in Gadsden, Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Training, and Development with an emphasis in Technology from Southern Illinois University in 1991. He has completed the Navy Senior Leader Seminar at NPGS, the Advanced Program Managers PMT 401 and 402 courses, and the Federal Executive Institute’s LDS (Leadership in a Democratic Society) program. In addition, he was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2011, the “Spotlight” Award for efforts in support of improving Fleet Cyber Readiness by Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L) The Honorable Mr. Frank Kendall in 2016, and the Office of Small Business Programs Oreta B Stinson Advocate by ASN RDA the Honorable Mr. James Guerts in 2018.