Dr. Mitch Crosswait received a Bachelor of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT. Commissioned as a naval officer in 1984, he was assigned to the Naval Reactors branch of Navy Sea Systems Command, where he designed naval nuclear propulsion plants. Following graduate school, he worked for TRW Corporation as a systems engineer designing systems to transport and dispose of spent nuclear fuel from civilian and naval nuclear plants. In 1996, he became a lead analyst for the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he led interservice and inter-agency teams to develop programmatic alternatives to reduce program cost and improve capability.
Dr. Crosswait became a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2001, where he provided funding recommendations and drafted legislation to strengthen testing, oversight and accountability for missile defense and space programs. Following 9/11, Dr. Crosswait joined the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security where he created and served as the Director of the Strategy, Planning and Integration Division within the Science and Technology Directorate. Later he served as a Deputy Director in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy, where he co-led and managed the development of products to help ensure the Department cost-effectively achieved its strategic priorities. In 2013, Dr. Crosswait returned to the Department of Defense as the lead analyst for Army tactical communication systems in the office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). Dr. Crosswait became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2014 upon his selection as the DOT&E Deputy Director for Net-centric, Space and Missile Defense Systems. Dr. Crosswait received the Exceptional Civilian Service, Outstanding Performance and Special Service awards from the Department of Defense, and a Special Award from the Department of Homeland Security for his contributions to the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. He earned a nuclear engineering fellowship from the Department of Energy, and is a licensed private pilot. He is an avid keyboardist who plays regularly at his church.