Top civilian at SPAWAR’s Charleston unit is leaving


The top civilian official at one of the Charleston region’s biggest defense employers is transferring to the West Coast.

Steve Dunn, executive director at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, has taken a job with the high-tech engineering unit’s headquarters in San Diego, where he will be chief management officer.

Dunn has been in his current job for about 18 months. He is expected to leave Charleston by the end of July.

A search for a replacement is planned. Dunn will be succeeded on an interim basis by Dave Monahan, director of operations.

SPAWAR’s “SSC Atlantic” arm is based on the Naval Weapons Station in Hanahan, where it occupies about 1.4 million square feet of space, according to its website. It provides hardware, software and information technology services for the Navy and Marine Corps.

The local unit has more than 3,600 employees and works with about 9,500 workers at private defense contractors.