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Naval Sea Systems Command has officially announced the selection of Dennis McLaughlin as technical director of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD). McLaughlin has been the acting TD since January when Dr. Robert V. Gates retired.

"Dennis McLaughlin's engineering background, academic credentials and extensive naval experience as both a submarine qualified officer and intelligence officer make him a tremendous addition to the NSWC IHD team," said Capt. Andy Buduo, NSWC IHD's commanding officer.

As technical director, working with NSWC IHD's commanding officer, McLaughlin directs operations for NSWC Indian Head Division headquarters at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, as well as at NSWC IHD locations in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah and New Jersey.

"My goal as TD at Indian Head Division is to build on Dr. Gates' efforts at strengthening relationships within the local community, and fortify the command's core capabilities," said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin was commissioned as a Navy Officer in 1980, and held a variety of positions on active duty and as a Naval Reservist before he retired as a Captain. In 2004, McLaughlin was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES). A significant accomplishment in his career was his work on the open architecture design for the Navy's Virginia class submarine, the first such structural design for a U.S. Navy vessel. McLaughlin wrote the specification and led the design team for the submarine's combat control system.

In addition to his role as TD, McLaughlin has led the Navy's Disabled Veteran Outreach efforts and has served as Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA's) Director of the Wounded Warrior Program.

"NAVSEA has become the leading organization reintegrating wounded service members into civilian society. Last year NAVSEA hired 280 wounded warriors, and plans to hire 365 more this year," said McLaughlin.

Indian Head Division has contributed to that overall effort. The command hired three Wounded Warriors last year and has already hired four toward this year's goal of five.