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David Hugh Lewis

Professor of the Practice
Department of Defense Management

Phone: (410) 991-6048


David H. Lewis is a retired United States Navy Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Duty Officer. He currently serves as the Acquisition Chair and Professor of the Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. His leadership assignments included duty as the Aegis Shipbuilding Program Manager, Program Executive Officer, Ships, Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and prior to his retirement, as Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency. His afloat tours were in USS Spruance (DD-963), USS Biddle (CG-34) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), all in combat systems and communications assignments. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and a certificate of completion in Weapons Engineering. He is a graduate of the Naval War College, the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Nebraska. He is a lifetime Member of the US Naval Institute, the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Surface Navy Association and has published several articles on shipbuilding and warship engineering topics.
NPS Experience
  • 2020 - current: Professor of the Practice
Research Interests
Shipbuilding, production, program management, history of technology, change management, leadership.
Teaching Interests
Program management, shipbuilding, leadership.


  • 2018 - Wayne E Meyer Lifetime Acquisition Excellence, ASN RDA

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 1992 Surface Navy Association
  • 1986 Prior Section President and prior Council Member, American Society of Naval Engineers
  • 1979 United States Naval Institute
  • 1979 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers