Mitchell “Mitch” B. Waldman is executive vice president of government and customer relations for Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.
Named to this position in 2011, Waldman is responsible for leading the corporation’s engagements with Congress, the Department of Defense and all other federal offices and agencies and is directly involved 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.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Waldman served as national security advisor for former Sen. Trent Lott and as a national security consultant to the office of the Senate Majority Leader. 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.
He serves on the board of directors for the Shipbuilders Council of America, the National Bureau of Asian Research, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the Armed Services YMCA. He is also a member of the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 40,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
Updated Oct. 12, 2018
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