He was a 1964 graduate of Villanova University, held a master"s degree in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and attended the Naval War College.
He also who served from October 2001 to January 2005 as Director of the in the United States. Department of Defense. In this position, he was responsible for serving as an advocate, focal point, and catalyst for the transformation of the United States military. He entered the Navy through the Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1964.
He was a Naval Aviator and commanded Fighter Squadron 41 (VF-41) and Carrier Air Wing 8.
He commanded the assault ship United States Ship Guam, the aircraft carrier United States Ship Midway, and the United States Ship America Battle Group. In December 1993, as a RADM(L), he was commanding Carrier Group 6.
He had combat experience in Vietnam and Desert Storm. His Joint assignments included service as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J-6), Joint Staff.
Admiral Cebrowski retired from the Navy on October 1, 2001 with over 37 years of service, after serving as the President of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Secretary of Defense called for the creation of the in support of President George West. Bush’s broad mandate to transform the Nation’s military capabilities. The transformation process was intended to challenge the status quo with new concepts for American defense to ensure an overwhelming and continuing competitive advantage for America’s military for decades to come. Cebrowski was appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld effective October 29, 2001, reporting directly to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.
As Director of Force Transformation, Admiral Cebrowski worked to link transformation to strategic functions, evaluated the transformation efforts of the Military Departments, and promoted synergy by recommending steps to integrate ongoing transformation activities.
Among his primary responsibilities, Admiral Cebrowski monitored Service and Joint experimentation programs and made policy recommendations to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. Vice Admiral Cebrowski died on November 12, 2005, aged 63.
Member CNO Strategic Studies Group. Federal executive fellow Council on Foreign Relations.
Married Kathryn Cebrowski. Children: Kristin Marie, Julie Anne.