Rear Adm. Elizabeth “Seiko” Okano

Defense Leadership

Rear Adm. Elizabeth Seiko Okano is a pioneering leader in the U.S. Navy. As the first woman to hold the position of program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, she oversees a multi-billion dollar budget for delivering combat technology to the fleet. Okano’s 25-year career includes diverse assignments, from fire control officer on a ship deployed to Somalia to counter-explosive device efforts in Iraq. She is a strong advocate for women in engineering, founding mentoring programs and earning recognition for her leadership.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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