Dr. G. Clifford Carter is a senior civilian and technical leader in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department of the Naval Sea Undersea Warfare Center. Across his 45-year career, he achieved distinction in the field of sonar and underwater acoustics. Dr. Carter is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who began his career in the Coast Guard and culminated as the U.S. Navy’s Senior Technologist in Acoustic Signal Processing at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI. His fundamental scientific contributions, including his Smoothed Coherence Transform (SCOT) signal processing algorithm, theory of focused beamformers, Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) automatic coherent processing detection algorithm, and coherence and time delay estimation have provided the basis for significant sonar systems improvements in the fleet today. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the IEEE’s Harry Diamond Memorial Award for his leadership in sonar signal processing. Dr. Carter has authored or co-authored nearly 90 peer reviewed journal articles or conference proceedings along with 11 patents.