Joseph Payne, P.E. is a retired U.S. Navy captain and Naval War College graduate. While serving aboard submarines, he served as Main Propulsion Assistant, Chemistry & Radiological Controls Assistant, Electrical Assistant, and Assistant Strategic Weapons Officer. He qualified as Naval Nuclear Propulsion Engineer and Trident Strategic Weapons Officer. After leaving active duty, he served as an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) in the Naval Reserves and spent 25 years designing marine electrical systems.