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Executive Director, Navy International Programs Office
Ms. Sandel’s career spans more than 28 years of service. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. She began her professional career on the Newport News Shipbuilding Engineering Team where she worked aircraft carrier and submarine design and production.
Serving with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Engineering Directorate from 1988 to 2000, Ms. Sandel served in a series of progressively more responsible positions associated with design and development of surface combatants, aircraft carriers, submarines, polar icebreakers, and mobile offshore base design, construction and management. Most notable was her service as Director for the newly created Naval Architectural Branch, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division and as SEA 05D’s Senior Ship Design Manager, responsible for the CVNX Future Carrier Design Program.
Selected for the Senior Executive Service in May 2000, Ms. Sandel would make the move to Program Executive Office Ships, serving as Deputy Program Manager for the newly established PEO Carrier Programs Office (PMS
378) where she was responsible for the CVN 77 Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier Acquisition Program, the CVNX (1 and 2) Future Carrier Acquisition Programs, as well as all carrier technology development.
In October 2002, she took assignment as the founding Executive Director, Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), responsible for realigning all Navy surface ship and submarine combat systems, missiles, radars, launchers, electronic warfare systems, anti-submarine warfare systems, and gun systems from five PEOs into a single PEO.
Ms. Sandel took assignment in January 2004 as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Integrated Warfare Systems (DASN IWS), exercising advisory and oversight responsibilities for the cost, schedule, and performance of all surface ships, submarines, and Marine Corps combat systems, weapon systems, electronic warfare systems, shipboard radars, and Navy missile defense programs. She is the DASN responsible for initial implementation of Open Architecture within the Department of the Navy.
In August 2008, Ms. Sandel took assignment as Program Executive Officer for Littoral, Mine Warfare (PEO LMW). Reporting directly to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA), she was responsible for design, development, production, testing, and delivery of all warfighting capabilities for the littoral battlespace as well as providing  lifecycle support for those systems. She led eight program offices comprising over 220 programs, including multiple Acquisition Category I programs and several developmental programs to address urgent warfighting needs.
Ms. Sandel took assignment in July 2011 as founding Executive Director, Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships (PEO  LCS) where she was responsible for establishing the organizational structure, operating precepts, and business processes necessary to integrate Littoral Combat Ship development and construction programs, mission modules, and the newly created Fleet Support Team.
In November 2012,  Ms.  Sandel would serve as Executive  Director,  NAVSEA Surface  Warfare (SEA 21B), responsible for providing fleet support for all Navy non-nuclear surface ships (surface combatants, amphibious, auxiliary, mine warfare and patrol craft), inactive ships, foreign military fleet support, and ship transfer programs. Her management oversight responsibility for the Surface Warfare portfolio exceeded $15 billion.
Departing NAVSEA, Ms. Sandel assumed her current assignment as Executive Director, Navy International Programs Office in March 2016 where she is responsible for oversight of the development, planning, and implementation of the Department of the Navy's International Programs, primarily in the areas of Security Cooperation, Cooperative Production, Research and Development, Technology Transfer, and Strategic Planning.
Ms. Sandel’s personal awards include the Silver Medal Award, Association of Scientists and Engineers, Supervisor of the Year, NSWC, Carderock Division, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award (2 awards).
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