Mr. Robert A. Stephenson serves as the director for communications and information systems & chief information officer for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) located in Pearl Harbor. As the fleet N6, Stephenson is responsible for ensuring operational command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) capability for all afloat and ashore commands in the U.S. Pacific Fleet. As the chief information officer, he is actively engaged in strategic C4I and information technology (IT) initiatives within the Department of the Navy, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Stephenson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in April 2018. His career experience includes significant roles in all aspects of engineering and acquisition.
He previously served as the technical director for fleet readiness, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). In this capacity, he was the lead fleet systems engineer and the U.S. Navy technical warrant holder for C4I and coalition interoperability. Stephenson also served as special assistant to COMPACFLT for cyber defense and resilient command and control. He was promoted to senior leader in July 2005.
Stephenson is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. His personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, three Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards, Lauritsen-Bennett Award for Excellence in Engineering, DON CIO E-government Award, 2011 DoD CIO Group Achievement Award, Vice Presidential Award for Acquisition Reform (group), CNO Copernicus Award (2005), DON CIO E-GOV Group Award (2004), Special Commendation for Desert Shield/Desert Storm Support, Joint Meritorious Unit Award for Operation Tomodachi, and various DISA/CNO/SPAWAR individual and group achievement awards. Stephenson was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional in 2014.