Rear Admiral David M. Dermanelian

Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6); Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command

U.S. Coast Guard


Rear Admiral David Dermanelian, USCG, is dual hatted as the Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6) and Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command.

In his previous two year assignment, Rear Admiral Dermanelian served the U.S. Cyber Command as the Director of Training and Exercises (J7).  There he developed joint training and assessment standards and orchestrated over two dozen large scale exercises for the Cyber Mission Forces, partner nations, inter agencies, all Services, National Guard, Reserves, and private industry. 

From 2013-2016, he served as the Commander of the Coast Guard’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology Service Center (C4ITSC). He he led a team of 2,300 members that provided C4IT products and services for the entire Coast Guard. He initiated Project Torchlight to transform from an asset based organization to a service delivery provider.

Prior to the above assignments, Rear Admiral Dermanelian served as the Chief, Office of Cyber Security and Telecommunications Policy (CG-65) where he was designated the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Security Officer and Telecommunications Program Manager. He developed Coast Guard policy, formal strategies, and budgets for the Coast Guard’s information security, spectrum management and telecommunications programs. He was the Designated Approving Authority for classified systems and new acquisitions including Nationwide Automatic Identification Systems and C4ISR systems on the National Security Cutter and Fast Response Cutter, and HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft. His duties included representing the United States as Head of Delegation to the International Maritime Organization’s Subcommittee on Radio Communications and Search and Rescue which oversaw international policies involving the implementation of life saving appliances and the Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

His Coast Guard career includes eight additional unique assignments including: Chief Engineer at the Command & Control Engineering Center, Portsmouth, VA; Commanding Officer, Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Point Reyes, CA; Seventh District, Chief C4IT Officer, Miami, FL; Commanding Officer, Communications Station Kodiak, AK; Associate Professor US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT; Project Engineer at the Research and Development Center, Groton, CT; Shipboard Electronics Project Officer, Headquarters, Washington DC; Deck Watch Officer, USCG Cutter DAUNTLESS, Miami Beach, FL. He also sailed the Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE to Australia in 1987.

A native of Michigan, Rear Admiral Dermanelian graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and from The George Washington University with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.