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Ray RiveraRay Rivera, Senior Associate

Ray is a recently transitioned Navy Information Professional and Surface Warfare Officer with 22 years of leadership and operational experience in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems, Information Technology management, cyber security, requirements, and DoD financial management (PPBE). He is currently providing program support for DoN and DoD CIO Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) efforts.

At sea, Ray had extensive experience in the Western Pacific as Auxiliaries and Electronic Warfare Officer in USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG-60); Navigator in USS CUSHING (DD-985); Combat Systems Officer in USS VINCENNES (CG-49); Staff Operations for Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIVE (CSG-5), embarked in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63); and Executive Officer in USS LASSEN (DDG-82).

Ashore, Ray completed tours as Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Requirements Officer and Branch Head, Evaluation & Lessons Learned in Allied Maritime Command, Naples, Italy, participating in NATO’s Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR Libyan crisis response actions; and Chief of Staff and Assistant Chief of Staff for C4I (N6) for Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group FIVE (ESG-5) in Manama, Bahrain, supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM global war on terrorism operations.

Most recently, he served as C4I Programs Analyst, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Programming Division (OPNAV N80), where he provided financial oversight over 215+ Information Warfare (OPNAV N2/N6) programs with $13B annual budget, developing Navy Program Objective Memoranda 2015/16/17.

Ray has a BS in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, MS/MS in Information Technology Management and Systems Technology (Joint C4I Systems) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) graduate certificates from National Defense University Information Resources Management College. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Information Assurance Manager (IAM) Level II.