Robert Kamensky

United States Navy Background

Captain Robert J. Kamensky, hailing from San Angelo, TX, graduated from Texas A&M University (1979) with a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in aerospace systems from West Coast University.

Following nuclear propulsion and submarine school training, he served aboard USS DRUM (SSN 677) in San Diego, CA, where he qualified as a submarine warfare officer and nuclear engineer officer, completing three deployments to the Western Pacific. He transferred from active duty to reserve in 1984 and served in numerous commands in support of submarine operations in the Pacific theater from 1984 through 2002. Kamensky transferred to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in 2002 where he was assigned responsibilities as Chief of Staff for the SPAWAR Reserve Program (SRP) and later assumed command. Kamensky is currently assigned to Commander Submarine Force serving as the Submarine Force Reserve Component Chief of Staff with oversight of 72 reserve units supporting worldwide operations.

Civilian Background

Kamensky’s civilian career began with General Dynamics, Convair Division in San Diego, working on the Advanced Cruise Missile program. In 1988, he accepted a position with General Atomics as a program manager for their commercial nuclear instrumentation product line. In 1995, Sony Electronics retained Kamensky to establish a new product line in San Diego to support Sony Pictures Entertainment. On completion of this project, he moved into high volume production operations where he completed his first series of Six Sigma certifications becoming a Sector Champion for San Diego operations.

In June of 2006, Kamensky accepted employment with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command as the Director of the Transformation Management Office with specific emphasis on Lean Six Sigma (LSS) program implementation. He continues to serve in this capacity and holds collateral assignments with the Secretary of the Navy’s LSS Transformation Team Leads group and the LSS Strategy and Integration Board.


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