Mr. Nicholas Stamatakis III
Deputy Program Executive Officer
Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives
Nicholas Stamatakis III is the Deputy Program Executive Officer for the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
Mr. Stamatakis was appointed to the Defense Department’s Senior Executive Service in July 2019.
Mr. Stamatakis is responsible for assisting the PEO with oversight of operations at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado, the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Kentucky and PEO ACWA’s Anniston Field Office in Alabama.
Previously, Mr. Stamatakis served as a policy advisor for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In the Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Mr. Stamatakis managed the Cooperative Threat Reduction program’s efforts in the Pacific and was functionally focused on maritime aspects, joining the team from the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.
Also, Mr. Stamatakis oversaw the establishment of the first-of-its-kind Advanced Development and Manufacturing Capabilities facility, a Department of Defense (DOD) dedicated facility that develops and manufactures biological medical countermeasures against chemical and biological threats. In conjunction with this effort, he established a unique contracting mechanism with a consortium of more than 100 non-traditional defense bio-pharmaceutical contractors, including several large companies working with the DOD for the first time.
Prior to that, Mr. Stamatakis was a program manager for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. As a member of the Transformational Medical Technologies Initiative, he managed a $75 million portfolio of medical countermeasures projects. He successfully transitioned the hemorrhagic fever virus and emerging infectious disease programs into advanced development projects.
Between 1994 and 2008, Mr. Stamatakis served several roles within the DOD Chemical Demilitarization Program. He led the development, implementation, and assessment of the quality management program and was responsible for its implementation by all program contractors and government partners. Later,
Mr. Stamatakis joined the ACWA program, where he worked in the areas of Risk Management and Earned Value Management. He also represented the organization in the Special Assistant for Chemical Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization Programs Office. Mr. Stamatakis entered Government service in late 1990 as an electronics engineer assigned to development and production of chemical agent monitors, alarms and masks at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.
Mr. Stamatakis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master of Science degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University which includes a National Defense University Fellowship in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.