Dr. Shari Feth

Program Executive, Advanced Technology Missile Defense Agency

Dr. Shari Feth has a broad technical background with over 30 years of experience spanning systems engineering from fundamental research & development to test and fielding. Her experience includes materials science, electro-magnetics, sensors and missile defense systems. She has been with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for over 13 years. Prior to that, she worked in the NASA Space Architects Office and conducted fundamental scientific research at Marshall Space Flight Center. She is currently the Director, Science and Technology at MDA in Huntsville where she is responsible for the science and technology efforts across the Agency and the strategic alignment of those efforts with Department of Defense priorities. Previously she was the Deputy Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Architect where she was responsible for analysis, guidance and planning of future missile defense capability and the Chief Engineer for the Sensors Directorate where she was responsible for engineering MDA’s radars. She also held positions as the Chief Systems Engineer of the Sensor’s Directorate, the Sensors Engineering Functional Lead and a Test Mission Manager. Dr. Feth’s earlier career included positions on a Systems Engineering Tiger Team working initial development, trade studies and requirements definition for future NASA manned and cargo vehicles, and as a research scientist for semiconductor material development. Prior to completing her Ph.D. she worked at Idaho National Engineering Labs (INEL) and Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) in optical sensing and crystal growth, respectively. She conducted fundamental research in materials engineering, semiconductor crystal growth, in-situ monitoring, optics, non-destructive testing, and fiber optics. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) and completed her education with a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from VA Tech in 1996.

Main Day 1

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

10:00 AM December 2, 2020 | Online Agenda


1000 Registration & Networking


1145 Opening Remarks – LTG (R.) Richard Formica, Chairperson

1200 MDA Vision for the Future of Integrated Air and Missile Defense: Developing technologies to overmatch rapid advancement of near-peer capabilities

Dr. Shari Feth, Program Executive, Advanced Technology, Missile Defense Agency

Stan Stafira, Jr., Director for External Technical Interface, Ballistic Missile Defense System Architect, Missile Defense Agency

1230 Exploring AEGIS Program, and the Naval Efforts and Advantages in Countering Air Threats 

Rear Admiral Tom Druggan, Program Executive, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency


1300 Networking Break

1345 THAAD Program Overview: High Firepower And Sustainability For Resistance Against Mass Attack

·        Delivering interoperable high lethality system in support of BMD

·        Providing endo and exoatmospheric intercept capability against short, medium and limited intermediate range ballistic missiles Maximizing cost effectiveness through high single-shot kill probability

Colonel Camilla White, Project Manager, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, Missile Defense Agency

1400 Multi-Domain Solutions: Offense-Defense Integration

 Rear Admiral (Ret.) Archer Macy, Former Director of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization, and deputy director for Chairman’s Controlled Activity (J8), US Joint Staff


1430 Networking Break

1500 Changing the Missile Defense Paradigm: Considerations for a New Administration. 

Dr. Tom Karako, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

1530 Making the Case for Chemical Power Sourcing for DE: Protecting the Homefront & Critical Infrastructure 

Dr. Eli Miron, Homefront Shield, Israel


1600 Closing Remarks – LTG (R.) Richard Formica, Chairperson


1645 Post-Summit Networking

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