MR. WILLIAM S. WILLIFORD III
Mr. Williford was named Executive Director, Marine Corps Systems Command, in December 2016. In this position, he serves as the senior civilian official responsible for leading and directing daily business operations for the Command.
Prior to reporting to Marine Corps Systems Command, Mr. Williford served as the Director, Integrated Warfare Systems Engineering responsible for oversight of $10 billion annually of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, and Intelligence systems (C5I) research, development, delivery, certification for deployment, and life cycle support for the United States Navy ships. In that capacity, he was the Deputy Warranted Technical and Certification Authority for Navy Integrated Warfare Capability.
Mr. Williford provided leadership in command-wide efforts to identify and manage engineering workforce related challenges including strategic planning advanced concepts, integrated warfare systems engineering, human systems integration, integration and interoperability (I&I), warfare systems certification and readiness, interior communications and cybersecurity.
Mr. Williford's previous Senior Executive assignment was the Director, Integrated Combat Systems, Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems responsible for systems engineering to develop world class integrated Combat Systems for the United States Navy. In this assignment, he was responsible for Surface Ship and Submarine Combat Systems including Aegis for Destroyers/Cruisers, and Ship Self Defense System for Carriers and Amphibious Ships. In addition, he was responsible for combat systems that included Total Ship Computing Environment for DDG 1000, the Littoral Combat Ship, and a multitude of sensors, electronic warfare systems, missiles, guns, ammunition, launch systems, and countermeasures encompassing 150+ programs with annual budget authority of $6.4 billion.
Mr. Williford was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2012. He has 30 years of service with the Department of Defense on active duty, with industry and as a Federal Civilian.
Previous assignments include Executive Director, Joint Program Executive Office, Integrated Air and Missile Defense; Director, Enterprise Management, Joint Program Executive Office, Integrated Air and Missile Defense; and Director, Acquisition Management, Joint Program Executive Office, Single Integrated Air Picture with the responsibility of developing a Joint Integrated Fire Control solution with the Services and Missile Defense Agency and the stand-up of the first Multi-Service Systems Engineering Team in the Department of Defense. Mr. Williford's most recent recognition is the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.