CRANE, Ind.— Dr. Adam Razavian’s career with the federal government came full circle this month when he departed from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), which first employed him in 1989. His last day at the warfare center was Feb. 4 and Razavian said although he was sad to leave an organization he called home for many years, he is excited to face new challenges at aerospace and defense company General Dynamics.
Razavian’s family has lived in Bloomington during both of his tenures at NSWC Crane and he plans to keep a home in the town where both of his sons were born. Razavian and his wife Monica will move to Virginia for his new position as director for integrated mission systems and his younger son will attend Northern Virginia Community College to study law, while his older son will continue pre-medical studies at Indiana University.
“Our roots are pretty deep here. I’ll be coming back all the time,” Razavian said. “It’s been an absolutely fantastic journey and I wouldn’t want to finish my career with the federal government any other way than at NSWC Crane. I was not necessarily planning to leave but the opportunity just opened up and after 28 years it makes sense for me to do this. There’s a lot of personal challenge involved in doing the same things I do for the government over in industry instead.”
Razavian noted that at General Dynamics he will work with technology he has become very familiar with over his nearly three decades with the federal government, including combat, electronic warfare and radar systems.
Originally hired as an engineer at NSWC Crane, Razavian completed his Doctoral Degree in Information Systems and was promoted to a branch manager position before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2003, eventually serving as deputy major program manager for the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) Above Water Sensors Directorate. In 2013, Razavian became a member of the Senior Executive Service and returned to southern Indiana to serve as technical director for approximately 3,000 Navy employees.
NSWC Crane Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Elder praised Razavian for the national recognition he has brought to the third largest Navy installation in the world. “He has taken us down a very positive path during his three years as technical director,” Elder said. “Dr. Razavian has provided excellent technical direction to the scientists, engineers and technicians who are working daily around the world to make sure our warfighters have the technology necessary to ensure a decisive advantage over our adversaries.”
NSWC Crane is a nationally recognized leader in electronic warfare and the Department of Defense leader for microelectronics and expeditionary warfare. According to Razavian, the key to that preeminence is the warfare center’s personnel, who bring exceptional focus, energy and dedication to their work. “I want them to know the importance of the work they do every day because it has a daily impact on the lives of the warfighters who risk their own lives to defend and safeguard each of us,” Razavian said, adding that leaving the warfare center was harder than he imagined. “I thought it would be a solely joyful event, but it’s been very emotional because it comes down to my relationships with the people here.”
Several NSWC Crane personnel will fill Razavian’s position on a rotational basis until a new technical director is appointed.
Located on the third largest naval installation in the world, NSWC Crane’s total focus is to support the warfighter by leveraging its technical capabilities for the rapidly changing combat environment. Anchored by technical expertise, a strong work ethic and total lifecycle leadership, NSWC Crane’s personnel and preeminent facilities set the standard for excellence in acquisition, engineering and sustainment. NSWC Crane provides comprehensive support for complex military systems spanning design, development, deployment and sustainment in three focus areas: Electronic Warfare, Strategic Missions and Special Missions.