VADM (ret) Conrad C. Lautenbacher, PhD.
Vice Admiral Lautenbacher serves with CSC as the Vice President of Science Programs for the Applied Technology Group. He is the former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he sponsored numerous successful initiatives including the formation of the inter-governmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). He was President and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE), now known as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Before joining CORE, he formed his own management consultant business, CEREBRUM, Inc. and worked principally for defense industries. Lautenbacher is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1964), and has won accolades for his performance in a broad range of operational, command and staff positions both ashore and afloat.
Command experience includes tours as Commanding Officer of USS HEWITT (DD-966), and as Commander Naval Station Norfolk, the Navy’s largest naval station. While in command of Cruiser-Destroyer Group Five, he deployed to Saudi Arabia with additional duties as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Riyadh, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. A leader in the introduction of cutting-edge information technology, he pioneered the use of information technology to mount large-scale operations using sea-based command and control while Commander US Third Fleet. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in applied mathematics.