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Mr. Kurt N. Reese

Director, Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC)

Mr. Reese assumed leadership of the Joint Tactical Networking Center on April 1, 2020. In this role, Mr. Reese provides management oversight of the JTNC and is responsible for operating and sustaining the Department of Defense (DoD) Waveform Information Repository, recommending standards, conducting technical analyses, and providing technical advice in support of the DoD’s goal of  rapid identification, characterization, procurement, fielding and sustainment of modular, innovative tactical communications products that ensure secure, interoperable, and resilient Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.

Mr. Reese previously served as Principal Deputy Program Manager for Program Management Activity/ Program Management Warfare (PMA/PMW 101) Multi-Functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office from January 2011 to July 2020.  Mr. Reese has also served as the Program Manager (acting) from October 2014 to May 2015.  Mr. Reese ensured MIDS development, fielding and supporting of interoperable, affordable and secure tactical data link and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for the Joint, Coalition and International warfighter.  As the MIDS Program Manager (PM), he also served as the Navy’s From the Air Advanced Tactical Data Link (FTA ATDL) PM. In this role, he was responsible for installing systems FTA-ATDL capabilities that directly supported the Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) initiatives. 
From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Reese served as the Principal Assistant for Program Execution for the Airborne, Maritime and Fixed Station (AMF) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Program Office. Mr. Reese had oversight for all aspects of program execution to include acquisition, contracts, logistics, finance, strategic planning and operations.
From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Reese served as the Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for the Shore & Expeditionary Integration Program Office (PMW 790) for the Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) in San Diego.  He was responsible for delivering integrated shore network solutions and C4I suites while modernizing the Navy's major communication nodes. In addition to his DPM duties, Mr. Reese also established and served as the Tactical Switching project manager until January 2005.  From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Reese supported the Advanced Tactical Communications Department (PMW 179).  During this time Mr. Reese held several responsibilities.  From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Reese supported the Advanced Tactical Communications Department (PMW 179) and held several responsibilities. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Reese was the Science and Technology Coordinator and Submarine Low Frequency/Very Low Frequency Receiver (SLVR) project manager with Submarine Communication Department (PMW 173) team.
Prior to joining the Program Executive Office/Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, Mr. Reese spent 15 years working at the Naval Air Warfare Center China Lake.  Mr. Reese began his civil service as a student summer hire.
Mr. Reese received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986, and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Northridge, in 1991. Mr. Reese is DAWIA level III certified for Program Management and System Engineering.  Mr. Reese is also a Graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and Defense Acquisition Executive Program Manager courses.  Mr. Reese is a Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keenan-Flagler Business School Understanding the Government-Industry Relationship in Acquisition.  Mr. Reese is the recipient of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the Civilian Service Commendation Medal.