Wed, Oct 18|
Captain Richard J. Witt, Director of Strategy, Policy and Assessments for NSW
Topic: "The current role of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) in Great Power Competition, Counter-errorism (CT) and Crisis Response"
Time & Location
Oct 18, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
About the event
3:15pm Call to Order and Announcements
3:30pm Presentation and Q&A
4:30pm Patio Reception with light refreshments and hosted wine
Captain Richard J. Witt is a native of Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Science in Oceanographic Engineering) and the Kennedy School at Harvard University (Master of Public Administration). He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1999 and completed training with BUD/S class 229 as Honorman in June 2000.
Captain Witt has led special operations forces in key leadership positions during his tours at SEAL Team ONE, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit ONE, SEAL Team THREE and NSW Unit THREE. His experience includes multiple deployments to PACOM and CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility, including support to Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Inherent Resolve.
In 2008, he transferred to the Naval Basic Training Command (BTC) as the Third Phase Officer-In-Charge and in 2009, he became the Operations Officer where he managed the largest SEAL production rate increase in NSW history. In 2016, he was selected to serve at CENTCOM on the Commander’s Action Group (CAG) for GEN Lloyd Austin the current Secretary of Defense. From 2017 to 2018, he served as Operations Officer for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq (CJSOTF-I) where he directed the Special Operations C-ISIL campaign in Iraq leading to recovery of Mosul to Iraqi Security Forces. In 2018, he was selected for O5 Command and assigned as CO of SEAL Team THREE for two years where he led NSW’s last task Group in Iraq.
Captain Witt has also served at the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), NSW Group ONE (NSWG-1) and Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC). He currently serves as the NSWC Director of Strategy, Policy and Assessments.
Registration Requested by Saturday, October 14th