Director, Space and Missile Defense
Mr. Gary A. Ashworth is Director, Space and Missile Defense programs for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)). In this role, he is as a key member of the A&S Information and Integration Portfolio Management acquisition team, providing guidance and recommendations on more than $9 billion in acquisition programs.
Previously, Mr. Ashworth was the Nuclear Weapons Systems Acquisition Lead, OUSD(A&S). In this role, he served as a key stakeholder for the acquisition of our Nation’s next Nuclear TRIAD, to include six nuclear ballistic missile, cruise missile, and gravity bomb programs—a portfolio of approximately $100B.
Mr. Ashworth also served as a Major Defense Acquisition Program Support Team Lead for OSD Research and Engineering. There, he led a highly skilled team that provided systems engineering support and independent technical risk assessments on more than sixty major defense acquisition and information system programs spanning four diverse domains and valued at more than $80B.
Prior to joining OSD, Mr. Ashworth served as the Deputy Program Executive Officer, Finance for the Business Transformation Agency, a DoD Agency, with oversight of approximately 23 acquisition programs and projects. Mr. Ashworth also worked in the defense industry, serving as Director, DoD Programs for a large National Capitol Region company supporting the intelligence community.
Mr. Ashworth served in the Air Force for more than 20 years. His final assignment was serving as a Squadron Commander and Program Manager for several Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4/ISR) programs, including the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment, the Air Force’s largest experimentation exercise. There he led a combined government and contractor team overseeing the design and implementation of multiple, $70 million live-fly command and control (C2) experiments. Results of these experiments were transitioned to 19 Air Operation Centers worldwide.
While on the Air Staff, he served as Chief, Acquisitions Programs, Air Force Secretary/Chief of Staff Executive Action Group and led an Air Staff team through planning, programming, budgeting, and defending execution activities for three future C4/ISR acquisition programs totaling more than $12 billion. Mr. Ashworth has more than 26 years of DoD acquisition experience and has supported acquisitions, as a program manager and engineer at almost every level.
Mr. Ashworth’s operational assignments include serving as a Nuclear War Plan Advisor and Command and Control Exercise Planner for U.S. Strategic Command, as well as a Missile Combat Crew Commander for the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile weapon system.
Mr. Ashworth hails from just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his commission as a second lieutenant from the ROTC program at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, and recently obtained a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Level III certified Program Manager and Systems Engineer, and has attended the National Security Leader Seminar at the Syracuse University and the Leadership for a Democratic Society Course at Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.