Leroy Smith, Chief Information Officer (Acting), Missile Defense Agency
Mr. Smith is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) (Acting) for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). As CIO, he is the senior MDA official responsible for ensuring information management and information technology resources are acquired, operated, and maintained for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) program, providing oversight to the cybersecurity initiatives for the BMDS, support systems, and MDA networks.
Mr. Smith holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. His extensive experience in information management and technology includes providing technical, financial, and contractual leadership; development of Information Technology Strategic Plans and financial portfolios; and preparing and justifying IT program execution plans to Agency Executives, the DoD CIO, and AT&L leadership. He is experienced in balancing financial and technical priorities to meet customer and mission needs. Mr. Smith completed 21 years of military service in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His military education includes the Officer Advanced Course, and the Air Command and Staff College.
He served as Chief Engineer of the Air Force Space and Missile Test and Evaluation Directorate where he led planning, activation, and sustainment of a new RDT&E Satellite Support Complex. He also served as Source Selection Evaluation Board Chair, achieving contract award in an unprecedented nine months. As part of his duties, he implemented data mining and inference analysis meeting requirements for rapid RDT&E satellite analysis. He was the technical consultant to special access programs in National Labs and Air Force Space Command.
Mr. Smith was the Air Force CERES Program Manager. He served as the executing agent for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization/Center for Research Support. He led a critical RDT&E satellite command and control program, which was lauded by the BMDO. He was responsible for integrating the first-ever commercial technology into satellite command and control systems. He also reduced operator staffing through use of automation.
He served as Flight Commander of the Flight Test Branch, 4950th Flight Test Branch and was matrixed to Air Force Space and Missile Center to develop airborne methods for collecting and analyzing missile plumes across the electromagnetic spectrum for the BMDO. He engineered airborne platforms to record missile plume phenomenology data and collected the first-ever long wave imagery and spectral data with airborne sensors. The platform was capable of missile data collection, reduction, and analysis for immediate relay of information. He also improved the long-range acquisition and pointing accuracy of airborne sensor platforms by an order of magnitude with active mirror steering and centroid technologies.
He served as Research Engineer at Phillips Laboratory, Space and Missile Center to develop ground based missile silo hardening techniques to defend against a broad range of nuclear and conventional shock physics parameters. In concert with the National Labs, he used finite element models to replicate real world test data and successfully demonstrated methods to harden missile silos to extend the military usefulness by decades.
Mr. Smith is a Certified Defense Financial Manager, has a Level III certification in Science Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III certification in Program Management, and Level I certification in Test and Evaluation.