Rear Admiral Casey J. Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants

Rear Admiral Casey J. Moton

Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants

Casey J. Moton is a native of Woodbridge, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy. He also earned a degree in Naval Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and also served as an anti-submarine warfare officer. He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom managing U.S. forces facilities construction in Kabul for an Afghanistan command. He has served across all phases of surface ship design and shipbuilding, including at private shipyards. At the Pentagon, he twice served in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Ships), including as chief of staff.

He has led two major Defense Acquisition Programs, leading development and testing of mission packages for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare.

In May 2019, he assumed command of Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants.

In the News…

Unmanned mine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, and anti-submarine surface and underwater vehicles, complete with weapons capabilities, are part of the Navy’s future fleet vision, one that will increase flexibility and extend reach at lower cost.

“From a Navy standpoint, [unmanned underwater vehicles] are not new,” said Rear Admiral Casey Moton, head of unmanned and small combatants for the Navy.

A full spectrum of Navy surface and underwater vehicles are on track for the end of the decade. They will operate alongside manned ships, extending the Navy’s reach and even taking more risks than manned ships, Moton said.

“Clearly, the vessels are going to have to be under the protection of their carrier strike group until the commander decides that’s not what needs to happen,” he said.

Unmanned underwater vessels are already in limited production and used for oceanography and mine warfare missions, he said.

“We’re expanding the mission of the UUVs, doing more integration with submarines,” Moton added.


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