David G. Ahern
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Strategic and Tactical Systems (S&TS)
As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategic and Tactical Systems, Mr. David Ahern is responsible for providing portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight. His office sustains Department of Defense (DoD) strategic and tactical programs in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.
Mr. Ahern was previously Professor of Program Management and Director of the Center for Program Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Fort Belvoir, VA. While at DAU, Mr. Ahern also served as an Executive Course Learning Team Mentor and Instructor at the Defense System Management College School of Program Management. Mr. Ahern has also held business development, program management, and business unit positions in the development of tactical information systems with General Dynamics Information Systems Company and the Northrop Grumman Electronics System Sector.
A native of Connecticut, Mr. Ahern was a career Naval Officer and is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a graduate of the Navy Postgraduate School and Defense Systems Management College. Mr. Ahern’s sea duty was as a Naval Aviator in the RA5C Vigilante during multiple deployments to the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and as Executive and Commanding Officer of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Three (VAQ-33). Ashore, he was Head, Tactical Command and Control Branch on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; Project Officer in the Navy Space Project (PM-16); Class 2 Program Manager at the Joint JTIDS Program Office (ESD-TD); Program Manager Navy Tactical Data Link Systems (PMW/PMA 159); and Deputy Program Executive Office Space, Communications and Sensors (PEO-SCS).