BETHPAGE, N.Y., Dec. 16, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Mark W. Kenny vice president of Irregular Warfare (IW) Programs. Kenny will lead a team of professionals to provide the rapid fielding of advanced capabilities and integrated systems to the combat, intelligence and special mission environment.
Kenny will report to Tom Vice, sector vice president and general manager of the company's Aerospace Systems sector's Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division.
"We're honored to have Mark join our team as he has been on the cutting edge of IW for years. He is an outstanding addition to the company, and his credentials and experience speak to his ability to find solutions to the difficult challenges of IW," said Vice. "As our warfighter presents us with more difficult requirements, Mark and his team will readily understand their needs to deliver an effective and immediate solution."
Kenny will be based at Northrop Grumman's Washington D.C. office, and will lead the company's new National Irregular Warfare Center, located at the Aerospace Systems' East Coast Production and Flight Test Center in St. Augustine, Fla. Kenny will leverage several ongoing initiatives, including Improvised Explosive Device defeat and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force programs that solve multiple Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and asymmetric challenges.
Kenny, a retired United States Navy Rear Admiral, is a recognized expert in the fields of counterterrorism, special operations and irregular warfare. The Chief of Naval Operations appointed Kenny in 2008 to lead the Navy's Irregular Warfare Office as its first director.
In that role, Kenny deployed unmanned air and undersea systems while conducting the initial use of cruise missiles against high value terrorist targets in support of OIF, OEF, and other operational theaters. He expanded counterterrorism operational support to the Navy's surface and aviation communities by forming the Center for Expeditionary Counterterrorism Operations in Washington, D.C., Norfolk, Va., and in Groton, Conn. Kenny deployed teams forward in support of counterterrorism joint task forces. In March 2005, while in submarine group command, Kenny founded the Center for Submarine Counterterrorism Operations supporting Special Operations Forces and other communities.
In addition to his Irregular Warfare assignments, Kenny had a distinguished career in submarine warfare, serving aboard the USS Sea Devil (SSN 664), USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN 708), USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), commanding officer of the USS Birmingham (SSN695), Commander of Submarine Squadron 7 in Pearl Harbor, Commander of Submarine Group 2, Commander Submarine Group 10, and Commander Navy Region Northeast.
Kenny earned a bachelor's degree in international security affairs at the United States Naval Academy and holds a master's degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He has completed the National Security and Strategic Studies Program from the Naval War College and speaks Russian and Arabic.
His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (sixth award), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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