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Systems Engineering Management PD-21 Grad Promoted to SES

Recent NPS graduate Thomas Irwin, left, is sworn by Rear Adm. Dan W. Davenport, also an NPS alum, during Irwin’s appointment to the Senior Executive Service assigned to the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) graduate Thomas Irwin has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and will be assigned as enterprise Business Director for U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) in Norfolk, Va.

Irwin will be attached to the Joint Concept Development and Experimentation (JCD&E, J9), one of the four USJFCOM mission areas, where he will lend his expertise to the development of emerging joint concepts, conduct and enable joint experimentation, and coordinate DoD JCD&E efforts in order to provide joint capabilities to support the current and future joint force commander in meeting security challenges.

Having recently completed the joint executive Systems Engineering Management - Product Development Leadership Education for the 21st Century (SEM-PD21) program, Irwin will take his new position armed with the most current educational foundation needed by technical leaders to drive systems engineering innovations and help achieve acquisition excellence.

As a student, Irwin was exposed to the latest state of the art concepts, tools and best practices, both private and public, in systems engineering and management. Of note, one of the key value propositions of the program is collaboration not only jointly within defense and across the services, but also with defense industry partners; experience sure to be of use at J9.

Irwin previously served as director Marine Air-Ground Task Force command and control, weapons and sensors department and integration product group, Marine Corps Systems Command.

NPS and the SEM-PD21 program congratulate Irwin on his appointment and will follow their alumni’s career with great interest.

For more information on the joint executive Systems Engineering Management- Product Development Leadership Education for the 21st Century (SEM-PD21) program, visit

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