Mitchell "Mitch" B. Waldman is corporate vice president of government and customer relations for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).
Named to this position in 2011, Waldman is responsible for the development and management of the company's government and customer affairs programs and is directly involved and engaged in supporting company business objectives.
He is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this appointment and since 2009, Waldman served as vice president, business development of advanced programs and technology, for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. In this capacity, he was responsible for shaping future architecture, advanced concepts, and competitive opportunities for manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and directed energy systems. Prior to this position he served as Northrop Grumman's corporate director for acquisition policy, responsible for coordinating the company's efforts related to pending and upcoming acquisition regulations and policy at the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies, internal coordination of Congressional activities related to acquisition policy and reform, and representing the company at numerous acquisition and related professional associations.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Waldman served as national security advisor for former Sen. Trent Lott. Waldman has served in a number of executive positions for the U.S. Navy, including deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Ship Programs), director of cost engineering and industrial analysis for Naval Sea Systems Command and deputy program manager for Amphibious Warfare Programs. He has also served as project manager for the U.S. Navy's Small Boat Security Assistance Program and completed several senior-level staff assignments with the Navy and the Defense Department.
Waldman earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and a law degree from Catholic University. He is also a graduate of Yale University's Executive Management Program and the Defense Systems Management College Program Managers course. He's been honored with the U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the State of Mississippi Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the D.C. City Council of Engineering Societies Architect of the Year award.