AFCEA -Vice Admiral G. Dean Peters -- Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

By AFCEA Southern Maryland (other events)

Thursday, May 30 2019 11:30 AM 1:30 PM


The Navy is implementing "The Navy Sustainment System" (NSS) to better equip the fleet and increase readiness now and into the future. The new way of doing business will increase spare parts, maintenance capability and lead time to better maintain aircraft at a faster rate. 

NSS is an approach which implements industry best practices and addresses all elements of aviation maintenance—people, parts and processes—to make permanent changes that increase aircraft readiness and lethality. With the Navy directive to produce 80-percent mission-capable Super Hornets by Oct. 1, the initial focus is on F/A-18E/F aircraft and will scale across all other type/model/series aircraft.

The Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fleet is at about a 50 percent mission-capable rate, with roughly 260 aircraft ready to deploy at a moment's notice. The Navy must increase that number to at least 341 out of 546 total jets.

Vice Admiral Peters will provide the AFCEA audience with a program overview, progress-to-date of system rollout, the program’s impact, among other NSS details.


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Vice Admiral Dean Peters is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.  He's a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.  Peters has earned post-graduate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Telecommunications and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 102.

After earning his wings as a naval aviator in 1986, he flew the SH-2F Seasprite in support of multiple detachments deployed to the North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Mexico, completing anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and counter-narcotics operations embarked on four different ship classes. He served as detachment officer-in-charge aboard USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092).

As commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, the squadron accomplished over 11,000 flight test hours and was the 2006 recipient of the CNO Safety Award.

Peters has served in numerous acquisition billets. From Nov. 2007 through July 2011, Peters served as program manager for the H-60 Helicopters Program Office (PMA-299), delivering over 150 helicopters, numerous upgrades, and supporting the first three carrier strike group deployments of the MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawks. From Aug. 2011 to July 2014, Peters commanded the Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274), leading the program through Milestone B and contract award for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development Program.

Peters’ flag assignments include commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; assistant NAVAIR Commander for Research and Engineering; and program executive officer, Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs (PEO(A)).

He has more than 3,800 flight hours in fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Peters assumed responsibilities as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command in May 2018.