Gary A. Ashworth

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Strategic, Space, and Intelligence Portfolio Management


Mr. Gary Ashworth is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Strategic, Space, and Intelligence Portfolio Management (SSIPM), within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)). In this role, he is responsible for acquisition shaping, analysis, and oversight of warfighter capability portfolios across the Department of Defense (DoD) associated with nuclear weapons systems; nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3); space; missile defense; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) domains.

Mr. Ashworth leads assessments of cost, schedule, and performance risks of acquisition portfolios and programs, and works directly with the key Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and Intelligence Community (IC) stakeholders to address identified challenges. His DoD portfolios include the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and Long Range Stand-Off weapon programs, as well as major Space Control, Remote Sensing, Satellite Communications, Global Positioning System, Space Launch, and Missile Defense programs. His IC portfolio includes major system acquisition programs of the National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency. As the SSIPM senior acquisition officer, he serves as the primary liaison between OSD, the Joint Staff, Services, Agencies, and Congress; facilitating actions to achieve cost, schedule, and performance goals and advising the Milestone Decision Authority on program acquisition decisions.

Mr. Ashworth has been involved in all phases of DoD acquisition, sustainment, research, development, and engineering since joining the defense acquisition workforce in 1992. His prior OSD duties included Director, Space and Missile Defense and Nuclear Weapons Systems Acquisition Lead for the OUSD(A&S). He also served as a Major Defense Acquisition Program Support Team Lead for OUSD (Research and Engineering) where he provided systems engineering support to and led independent technical risk assessments on more than sixty major defense acquisition and information system programs in the nuclear weapon system, NC3, and C4ISR domains.

Mr. Ashworth served the Air Force in uniform for more than 20 years. His final assignment was serving as a Squadron Commander of an acquisition squadron and Program Manager for several C4ISR programs. His 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 holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. He also recently obtained a M.S. 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.

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