Rear Admiral Tom Druggan

Program Executive, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Missile Defense Agency

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Rear Admiral Tom Druggan attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1989. He attended the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, formerly Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2006 with a Master of Science in National Resource Management. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, graduating in 1995 with a Master of Science in Operations Research.

At sea, Druggan served as commanding officer of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) destroyer USS O’KANE (DDG 77). He also served as the executive officer of USS LASSEN (DDG 82), commissioning combat systems officer aboard USS O’KANE (DDG 77) and combat systems officer aboard USS ELLIOT (DD 967). He completed his initial sea tour as navigator and anti-submarine warfare officer aboard USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994).

 Ashore, he served as Major Program Manager (MPM) for AEGIS Combat Systems in the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS 1.0). He also served as Major Program Manager for In-Service AEGIS Fleet Readiness (PEO IWS 1.0F) and previously as principal assistant program manager for In-Service Aircraft Carrier Combat System Integration, directly supporting Program Executive Office  for Aircraft Carriers. Druggan’s Pentagon tours include special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), special assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), the 2001 Navy Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) staff, and as a founding member of the Navy Operations Group Deep Blue.

Druggan’s previous assignment was the Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. In this position, he led more than 17,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel, both civilian and active duty, stationed at eight NSWC divisions located across the United States. NSWC provides research, development, test and evaluation for the future Navy as well as in-service engineering and logistics support for the operational naval forces.  Druggan was also assigned additional duties as the Department of Defense Executive Manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technology and Training, with oversight responsibilities for joint military EOD systems and training.

Druggan is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), in addition to various service and unit awards.

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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