Executive Director, Unmanned Task Force (UTF)
U.S. Department of the Navy
Mr. Michael Stewart currently serves as the Executive Director of the Unmanned Task Force (UTF). He serves as the Department of the Navy senior accountable official for identifying and accelerating near-term solutions to close key operational problems via emerging and disruptive unmanned capabilities. In his previous role, Mr. Stewart was the Deputy Director, Integrated Warfare (N9IB). There, he was charged with comprehensively integrating warfare requirements and ensuring those requirements are fielded within fiscal controls set by Acquisition Program Baselines.
Mr. Stewart is Chairman of the NATO Tri-Service Main Armaments Group since July 2019 and Chairman NATO Naval Armaments Group since October 2020 in Belgium. Additionally, from 2016-2018 Mr. Stewart was the Director of Business Operations in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management). In 2008, Mr. Stewart was a Business Development Manager for the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Iraq, where he worked closely with Department of State and industry experts to revitalize the Iraqi economy in support of counterinsurgency efforts.
During the 2006 Quadrennial Review, he was a Special Assistant and analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). In this role, he coordinated the Joint Tactical Aviation Integration study on behalf of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, led the initial development of the QDR Irregular Warfare roadmap. He also traveled throughout Afghanistan on fact-finding missions for the Secretary of Defense.
Before coming to the DoD as a civilian, he was senior manager in Venture Capital and a member of an internal consulting team for the Boeing Company. Mr. Stewart is a retired Navy Captain, having served in both the active and reserve Navy as a Naval Aviator, Flight Instructor, and Landing Signal Officer. In this capacity, he was a Battle Watch Captain in the Navy Operations Center and deployed to the Persian Gulf, South America and Somalia as part the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s Air Wing Eleven. Mr. Stewart is a Secretary of the Navy distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a graduate of Naval War College and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.