NCCA Director

Mr. Daniel Schluckebier

Financial Management Budget 6

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Budget)


As the Director of the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA), Mr. Schluckebier advises the Department of the Navy (DON) leadership on cost issues. He oversees a staff of cost analysts to develop defensible independent government cost estimates, provide cost analysis tools, and perform special studies related to cost. He also chairs the DON Cost Estimating Stakeholders Group which facilitates collaboration and sharing of information and best practices across the DON and the Department of Defense (DoD) cost communities.

Mr. Schluckebier has over 33 years of combined Federal Civilian and Military Service. As a Commander in the U.S. Navy, he retired from active duty while assigned to NCCA. His efforts at NCCA focused on aviation acquisition estimates, operating and support analyses and Analysis of Alternative efforts. His first operations research assignment was at N81 as the lead aviation long-range planning analyst. Operational aviation deployment assignments included tours with VS-32 and VS-38. Operational ship’s company tours on USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69). Additional shore duty assignments included the Naval Postgraduate School and a department head tour as a flight instructor at VS-41.

After military retirement, Mr. Schluckebier spent 11 years as an operations research analyst with Northrop Grumman. His first assignments included a major communication program cost estimate for the Navy and a special study for the USMC aviation plan to integrate the MV-22. Subsequently, he took on duties of program management and became the contractor lead for a major campaign analysis program for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His last position at Northrop Grumman was as the Head of the Decision Support Division with annual sales of over $8M.

Mr. Schluckebier re-entered employment at NCCA as a Senior Operations Research Analyst in 2008 performing cost analysis studies and independent estimates for ACAT ID programs. Supporting NCCA as needed, he served first as the Branch Head, and then later, as the Technical Advisor for aviation and USMC programs. As the Technical Advisor, he provided review authority for all estimates and spearheaded research efforts in the division. As NCCA transitioned under FMB, he served as the Technical Director prior to becoming the Director.

Mr. Schluckebier holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is Level III certified in the Defense Acquisition Workforce Business Cost Estimating field, and is a member of the Acquisition Corps. He was a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst with the International Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis for 20 years.