About NICKOLAS H. GUERTIN Director, Operational Test and Evaluation
|Nickolas H. Guertin
|Director, Operational Test and Evaluation
|December 20, 2021
|Confirmed by United States Senate
|Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense
|Submarine Operations, Ship Construction, Weapons Development and Testing
|Sensors, Combat Management Products, Systems Engineering
|Applied Research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute
|BS in Mechanical Engineering (University of Washington)
|MBA (Bryant University)
|Retired Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management and Engineering
|Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical)
|Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for Scouts BSA troops
|Avid Amateur Musician
|Native of Connecticut, currently resides in Virginia
|Married with twin children
Nickolas H. Guertin Biography
The Honorable Nickolas H. Guertin assumed the position of Director, Operational Test and Evaluation on December 20, 2021. Nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate, he currently acts as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the operational and live fire testing and evaluation of Department of Defense weapon systems.
Mr. Guertin possesses a vast and diverse career spanning forty years, encompassing both military and civilian roles. He has worked in submarine operations, ship construction, and maintenance, and has been involved in the development and testing of various weapons, sensors, combat management products, and systems engineering improvements for defense acquisition. Recently, he conducted applied research for government and academia, focusing on software-reliant and cyber-physical systems at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.
Throughout his professional journey, Mr. Guertin has played significant leadership roles in organizational transformation, enhancing competition, and advocating for modular open-system approaches, prototyping, and experimentation. Additionally, he is a prolific researcher and author, having published extensively on software-reliant system design, testing, and acquisition.
Educationally, Mr. Guertin earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Bryant University. He has a background as a retired Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer and holds certifications in Program Management and Engineering under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). He is also a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical).
Beyond his professional commitments, Mr. Guertin actively participates in his community as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for two local Scout BSA troops. Additionally, he is an enthusiastic amateur musician. Originally from Connecticut, he currently resides in Virginia with his wife and twin children.