Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Integration and Interoperability (AI2)
Mr. Dave Tremper is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Integration and Interoperability (AI2) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD (A&S)). In this position, he is responsible for deriving strategies for cross-military service development, acquisition, and fielding of joint capabilities in support of the Combatant Commanders’ joint force mission needs.
Mr. Tremper was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 2020 as the Director for Electronic Warfare (EW) in OUSD (A&S). In this prior role, he was the U.S. Department of Defense’s senior leader providing guidance and advocacy for U.S. development and acquisition of EW capabilities and systems.
Prior to coming to the Pentagon, Mr. Tremper served as a program manager at the Defense Applied Research Project Agency (DARPA) from 2017-2020 and at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) from 2008-2017. Within both organizations he created and managed applied research programs in the areas of Electronic Warfare, Counter-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C-ISR) and Positioning, Navigation and Timekeeping (PNT) for both stand-alone and networked systems applications. He led the development and successful transition of new electronic support (ES), electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP) and PNT capabilities into surface, submarine, air, and ground platforms for anti-ship missile defense (ASMD), C-ISR, suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD), counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED), platform protection and passive-targeting operations, including the use of both manned and unmanned platforms. Mr. Tremper formerly served as electronics engineer and section head at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division where he developed, integrated, and tested EW payloads in a variety of manned and unmanned platforms.
In addition to providing leadership over US DoD joint capability acquisition, Mr. Tremper serves as the Co-Chair of the EW Working Group under the bilateral Australia-Ministerial (AUSMIN) Defense Acquisition Committee and the US National Lead for the EW Working Group under the trilateral Australia, United Kingdom, United States (AUKUS) Joint Steering Group. Mr. Tremper currently serves as the Member-at-Large for EW to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science and Technology Organization Systems, Concepts, and Integration (STO SCI) panel. He formerly served as the Chairman of the STO SCI Integrated Survivability sub-panel.
Mr. Tremper has received numerous awards including the DARPA Meritorious Public Service Medal, both the Department of the Navy Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards, the ONR Future Naval Capability (FNC) Program Manager of the Year Award and the NATO Scientific Achievement Award. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Catholic University of America (CUA) and his Master of Science in electrical engineering from Clarkson University with additional coursework following his master’s degree at both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and CUA. He formerly served as an adjunct professor at CUA in electrical engineering.