January NDIA Luncheon
January 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
CAPT David W. Gast
Deputy Program Manager
Command and Control Systems
CAPT David Gast currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for the Navy’s Command and Control Systems Program Office (PMW 150) within the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), in San Diego, CA. Responsible for a number of tactical and support systems including Command and Control Systems (GCCS-M and MTC2), Supply Support and Maintenance Systems (NTCSS, NOBLE and MFOM), Tactical Data Link Systems (C2P, Link 16 and LMMT), as well as other critical systems and international programs.
CAPT Gast was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering in 1996. He was assigned as the Electrical Officer and then Combat Information Center Officer in USS Lake Erie (CG 70). As CICO, he oversaw initial installation and testing of the first Theater Ballistic Missile Defense system installed on a US Navy Warship.
He then transferred to USS Hewitt (DD 966) where he served as the Damage Control Assistant. His final tour as a Surface Warfare officer was as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Administration, for the Commander, Naval Surface Group, Pacific Northwest in Everett, WA. While there, he was selected for lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer Community.
He next attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. While there, he was selected as an Associate Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (CNO SSG) XXIII, in Newport, RI.
His first acquisition experience was as Deputy Program Manager, Spacecraft Subsystems, on the nation’s top priority National Security Space Program at SPAWAR Space Field Activity, with duty at the National Reconnaissance Office. This was followed by a tour as Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering, Advanced Airborne Sensor Program, where he was responsible for Systems Engineering, development, initial manufacture and test of the Advanced Airborne Sensor.
In November of 2012, he transferred to San Diego to serve as the Integration and Interoperability Military Deputy and Flag Advisor to the Chief Engineer at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), then as Assistant Program Manager of the Distributed Common Ground System, Navy (DCGS-N), managing cost, schedule, and performance of the Navy’s Network-Centric Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting Program of Record.
Most recently, he served as Combat System Officer in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). He was responsible for the installation, maintenance and operation of all major Weapons Systems, Sensors and C4I Systems throughout her 2016-2017 workup and deployment to the Fifth Fleet Area of Operations, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
CAPT Gast’s awards include the National Reconnaissance Office Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.
CAPT Gast is a native of Miami, Florida, and is married to Dr. Michelle Sullivan-Gast of Eugene, Oregon.