Dale Heinken


Dale Heinken, founder of Nuclear Mindset Consultancy Pty Ltd in Tasmania, Australia, brings a wealth of experience from the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion program. He established Nuclear Mindset to assist high-stakes industries in cultivating cultures grounded in excellence, safety, and continuous improvement.

After retiring from the United States Navy, Dale served as the President and Managing Director of Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) Australia, a Melbourne-based company specializing in gyro-stabilized imaging systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), target acquisition, and countering uncrewed aerial systems.

Dale’s distinguished 26-year career in the United States Navy includes roles as Commanding Officer of Littoral Combat Ship Crew 101 aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1), Reactor Officer aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and Commanding Officer of USS Boxer (LHD 4). He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a degree in mechanical engineering and later earned master’s degrees in Information Systems and Technology and International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.

Outside his professional life, Dale is an avid enthusiast, indulging in hobbies such as tennis, golf, flyfishing, scuba diving, woodworking, sailing, hunting, working out, cycling, and grilling. While he doesn’t claim expertise in these pursuits, he embraces each challenge with enthusiasm and certainly looks the part.