Susie Alderson was selected as Technical Director in Feb 2020.
She is responsible for technical direction, long range strategy and enabling competency alignment between the activity and headquarters. She leads the workforce in executing the MCTSSA mission which is to provide the Marine Corps with organic testing, engineering and warfighter support in all Command and Control systems and equipment, especially for expeditionary and tactical environments.
Before arriving at MCTSSA, Ms. Alderson spent 25 plus years specializing in the development and transition of science and technology products and programs from experimental idea to operational relevance.
She was successful in many roles with SPAWAR Systems Center, Pacific (SSC PAC) from standing up the Science and Technology Node at MCTSSA – a fully networked operational environment to allow S&T C4ISR initiatives to be evaluated earlier in design and development phases, to being the Science Advisor to I Marine Expeditionary Force where she evaluated existing warfighting systems and components from labs, industry and universities that were “under development”, to determine their utility as near-term solutions to USMC urgent operational needs. Ms. Alderson deployed in 2006 with I MEF to Fallujah, Iraq and contributed significant insight, and analysis that was crucial to gaining support to move troops into V-shaped hulls (MRAPs) for increasing their safety.
Her next interaction with MCTSSA was as the Director of the System Information and Resources department and also directing the Support Center to successfully achieve commercial certification. She returned to NIWC PAC’s Unmanned Systems Branch to design concepts and manage programs, and also supported HQMC Intel, PEO C4I, and NAVWAR 5.0 in defining the implementation of several cloud efforts. This led to another Science Advisor opportunity, for Commander, Naval Surface Forces where she was the Innovation Lead for the Distributed Lethality Task Force focused on evaluating the changing surface threat, employing current assets in innovative ways and developed significant artifacts in the stand-up of the Surface Developmental Squadron.
She is pursuing her PhD through the Information Sciences department at the Naval Postgraduate School, and has received numerous awards including the Superior Civilian Service Award.