The Spectrum Group

RDML Tom Kearney, USN, Ret.

Expertise Areas

  • Naval and Maritime Operations (Undersea, Special Warfare, Expeditionary)
  • Supply Chain Management and Maintenance
  • Defense Acquisition and Program Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Logistics
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Safety
  • Market, Capture, and Win Strategy Development
  • M&A and Due Diligence
  • Active TS/SCI with Poly Clearance


Admiral Kearney supports clients working in Navy and maritime arenas, applying his extensive senior government acquisition experience to deliver increased value to both clients and their customers. He provides substantial experience building mission-focused teams and successfully solving dynamic industry challenges. He is a Defense Acquisition Level 3 Program Manager.

Prior to joining The SPECTRUM Group, Admiral Kearney served a 34-year career in the U.S. Navy, with leadership roles spanning the command of two nuclear submarines. He established a new NAVSEA directorate, the Directorate for Commonality, in which he led government and industry engagement efforts to streamline and improve coordination between the two entities. Previously, he served as Major Program Manager and Vice Commander at Naval Sea Systems Command. Admiral Kearney also served as manager for the National Shipbuilding Research Program, focusing on shipbuilding cost saving and process improvements in a consortium of five Navy Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and 11 U.S. shipbuilders.


  • Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, for Commonality, Acquisition, Logistics, and Naval Expeditionary Warfare
  • Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, for Weapons and Ordnance Safety
  • Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Major Program Manager, Naval Undersea Weapons and Targets


  • M.A., Political Science, Villanova University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University