Dixon Hicks, Senior Associate
A 29-year Navy Veteran, Dixon has over 10 years of budget, financial, and program management experience in the U.S. Navy and decades of submarine experience. He is currently supporting the United States Navy with his work on the OPNAV staff as a senior analyst for OPNAV N43 (Ship Support).
Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, he had multiple leadership assignments as a Navy Submarine Officer including multiple deployments aboard the USS SALT LAKE CITY (SSN 716) as a junior officer; USS BUFFALO (SSN 715) as Navigator; and USS OHIO (SSBN 726) as Executive Officer. Dixon held command of USS PORTSMOUTH (SSN-707) until her decommissioning, followed by command of USS TOPEKA (SSN-754) where he conducted another Western Pacific Deployment. Captain Hicks assumed major command of USS OHIO Gold (SSGN-726) in February 2010. During his tour, he completed a one hundred day Modernization Maintenance Period and three Western Pacific Deployments where the ship conducted various Special Operations, launched three TLAMs, and integrated female submariners.
His assignments ashore included the operational staffs of the Pacific Fleet where he managed the budget associated with the Pacific Fleetís ship operations and flying hour accounts, and Deputy for Readiness of Submarine Squadrons Two and Eleven managing operations and readiness of several submarines. Dixon has had several staff tours in the pentagon that include Director of Resource Management (J-8) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Warfighting Analysis Division and Division Chief of Resource and Acquisition Management Division (RAMO); Office of the Secretary of Defense reform initiative office; Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller) as deputy to Investment and Development Division (FMB-2) and Assistant Director; and Undersea Warfare Division of the OPNAV staff (N97) as the Division Head for Platforms, Manpower Policy, and Budget.
Dixon has extensive experience in the Department of Defense on programming and budgeting (POM/PPBE); requirements development; naval industrial operations and maintenance; process improvement; policy planning; strategic problem solving process; as well as submarine operations to include battle group operations, intelligence and surveillance, strategic defense, seal delivery, and strike.
Dixon received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Masters in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Certificate in Public Policy and Administration from the George Mason University.