Capt. Mark Vandroff, USN

About Capt. Mark Vandroff, USN

Capt. Mark Vandroff (USN) is the DDG 51 program manager, PEO ShipsNaval Sea Systems Command. The views expressed here are that of the authors alone and do not represent the views of the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.


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Essay: An Open Letter to the Next Secretary of the Navy

Essay: An Open Letter to the Next Secretary of the Navy

Flag of the U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Flag of the U.S. Secretary of the Navy

You are out there somewhere. Perhaps you are currently serving in a senior national security position. You may be advising one of the current presidential candidates on defense policy. You could be a leader in industry, or academia. You may be working at a think-tank or serving as an elected or appointed official in state or federal government.

You are the next Secretary of The Navy. Read More

Essay: An Acquisition System to Enable American Seapower

Essay: An Acquisition System to Enable American Seapower

USS Rafael Peralta christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on Oct. 31, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Rafael Peralta christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on Oct. 31, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

In order for a coherent vision of modern American seapower to move forward in providing the lion’s share of this nation’s peacetime presence, shaping, deterrence and assurance needs, the Department of the Navy must become more efficient in its acquisition processes. It must be more nimble, more flexible, more accountable and faster. Read More