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Captain Reza Ghaffari

capt_reza_ghaffariCaptain Ghaffari Joined the United States Naval Reserve as a Direct Commission Officer in 1986 as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer. He recently returned from one year deployment to Afghanistan as the Officer in Charge of NAVAIR FWD UAV and Aerostat programs (PGSS, Copperhead, PSUAS, ANA Exportable PGSS) and presently serving as NAVAIR PMA-266 Cybersecurity Readiness Lead for implementation of Cybersecurity resilience (Roadmap, Risk Assessment, Threat Analysis) and help program transition from DIACAP C&A to new Risk Management Framework (RMF) A&A.

He completed his NROTC at the Citadel and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as Distinguished Naval Student in 1980.

His Navy Reserve career started with supporting the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT), followed by various Engineering, Information Technology, Information Assurance, Cyber, UAS, Test/Evaluation and Program management support work for NR-NSY Philadelphia Shipyard, NAVAIRSYSCOM(NASC)1367, VA-205 (A7/A6), NAWC-TSD 0167, NASC 0166(V22), NAVAIR IG, NPC Millington, NASC 2366, NASC 0366, NASC 0566(JSF), NASC 0577(JSF), N3/N5, CNOMA OPNAV/DNS, Commanding Officer for NR PEO JSF unit, OIC for NR Rapid R&D DET in support of various NAVAIR UAV and Aerostat programs. He was mobilized after completing his two years of active duty with PEO Joint Strike Fighter in Washington DC as Deputy CIO, Enterprise Information Assurance Manager and Certifying Authority for Enterprise IT systems including all Partner countries and FMS countries F-35 IT system Certification and Accreditation. He is also active with SECNAV LSS/CPI Executive Committee team.

During several tours in the Pentagon, Captain Ghaffari was the OPNAV Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) / Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Lead Black Belt. He led various OPNAV LSS/CPI projects; such as, N3/N5 LSS process improvement for Navy Strategy Planning in support of POM-10, Global Maritime Situational Awareness (GMSA), FY-08 CNOG Task 17 to improve and unify Mission Function Task within OPNAV and Navy commands and Enterprises, GWOT, MDA, Admin process improvement, Creating initial DoN process to Identify disconnect within DoN Medical Data flow from Pre-Deployment through Post-Deployment for the Individual Augmentation (IA) process, DoN FOIA process improvement, and represented OPNAV in SECNAV Transformation Team Leader (TTL) meetings supporting DoN LSS/CPI and transition process and policies. He coordinated Active and Reserve Component personnel in support of OPNAV CPI projects, and in 2008 he reported on board the OPNAV Management Analysis Unit.

Captain Ghaffari’s military education includes a Master of Art Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME certification from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College in 2007. He also successfully completed his Advance JPME from the Joint Forces Staff College in 2008, and was designated as Defense Acquisition Corp member in 2007 after completion of various certifications for Level 1 and 2 acquisition and DAWIA certifications in the following: Program management, Acquisition, Test/Evaluation, Logistics and Systems Engineering. He also completed following courses: Joint Reserve National Security from National Defense University in 2008, Commanding Officer at Navy Command Leadership School, Navy Reserve Unit Manager (NRUM) at CNRF HQ in 2011, numerous courses on Information Assurance, Cyber Security Risk Assessment/testing, and Network Architecture design from DISA.

Captain Ghaffari is fluent in multiple foreign languages and cultures, successfully maintains his annual proficiencies tests with the Defense Language Institute in Afghan-Dari, Tajik, Persian-Farsi, Azeri, and communicates as or near a native speaker and up to date with their regional cultures, religions and history. He additionally is familiarity with Turkish, Pashto and Arabic languages. He provided various Socio-cultural, political and geographical briefs on the Middle Eastern and central Asian countries to members of DoN, DoD and NATO.

Captain Ghaffari received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in 1980 and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1986. He is presently working toward his Doctoral degree in Engineering with targeted dissertation in Cybersecurity Risk Assessment at George Washington University (Expected Degree: August 2017).

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).

In his civilian profession, Captain Ghaffari has supported Joint Command and Control (JC2) as Cybersecurity Technical Lead and Architect on various DoD JC2 systems; such as Joint-STARS, GCCS-J, GCSS-J, GCSS-A, Rapid O-Planning, Defense Security Service facility C&A Automation, and Volunteer’s as mentor for MIT/Carnegie Mellon/Purdue Cybersecurity graduate program, supports Cyber Patriot program for High School junior and senior class students.



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