Commander Todd Cimicata


Todd Cimicata, representing the US Navy, is a national security affairs fellow for the academic year 2015–2016 at the Hoover Institution.

Commander Cimicata earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a qualified naval aviator and test pilot who has flown more than thirty different military and civilian aircraft, with most of his flight time in the F-14 and F-18. He has served in a variety of positions within carrier-based and test commands, on the senior European Command staff in Germany, and as the lead adviser on US air policy and strategy at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels. Most recently, he commanded a super-hornet squadron that deploys with Carrier Air Wing 11 on the USS Nimitz. His research interests include foreign policy, a strategy for the Arctic, and the navy’s pivot to the Pacific, as well as the efficient acquisition and use of emerging technologies.

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