Currently the NSAD Program Manager for OPNAV Analysis, Steven L. Richter began working at APL as a senior analyst in April 2005, upon his retirement as a captain in the U.S. Navy.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1981. His first assignments in the Navy involved damage control, engineering, and surface warfare officer duties on a variety of ships including the USS Leftwich (DD 984) and USS Waddell (DDG 24). In his first shore assignment, Richter served as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Center, Pittsfield, MA, from 1986 until 1989.
Returning to sea duty in July 1990, Richter served in senior sea-going billets before becoming Executive Officer of the USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) in February 1994. Upon detaching, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned an M.S. in operations research. Richter then returned to sea duty, commanding both the USS Cimarron (AO 177) and, subsequently, the USS Reuben James (FFG 57).
After his command tours, he was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operation's Assessment Division (OPNAV N81), where he led the Force Structure and Integrated Force Employment Integrated Warfare Architecture (IWAR) Team. During this period, he developed the Navy's Global Concept of Operations and defined the structure of the future 375-ship Navy. He was a proven subspecialist in both operations analysis and undersea warfare. His final Navy assignments included tours as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Reserve and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Reserve.
Richter was selected for participation in the Secretary of Defense Summer Study in 2003 held at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, and was a fellow in MIT's Seminar XXI for 2004-2005. Since coming to APL, he developed the Cooperation for Global Maritime Security website and coordinated the APL-hosted International Maritime Security Symposium.