Joins Orbital Board of Directors
Corporation announced Thursday that Ronald T. Kadish, Lt. General
(United States Air Force, retired), has been appointed to the
company's Board of Directors. General Kadish, the former Director
of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, becomes the company's 14th
He joins a group of ten other distinguished non-management
Directors drawn from the aerospace and defense industry, government
service, financial institutions and academia, plus three members of
Orbital's executive management team who are on the Board.
"We are honored to welcome General Kadish to our Board of
Directors," said Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital's Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer. "With the significant role that Orbital is
playing in the development of the country's missile defense
systems, General Kadish's strategic insight, gained from years of
experience in these and other Department of Defense acquisition
programs, should serve the company well as we chart a path of
growth in national defense and intelligence markets."
General Kadish retired from the Air Force in September 2004
after over three decades of distinguished service. His military
career culminated with his appointment as the Director of the
Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in 1999, which was renamed
the Missile Defense Agency in 2002, reflecting the increased
national priority in developing defensive systems to protect the
country from ballistic missile attack. He served as Director until
his retirement in 2004.
Prior to leading the country's missile defense effort, General
Kadish served in numerous assignments with the Air Force, including
the Commander of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force
Base. He also served as Program Director for several military
aircraft platforms, including the F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft
and the C-17 transport aircraft. General Kadish holds a Senior
Pilot rating from the Air Force, having logged over 2,500 hours of
flight time, primarily aboard the C-130 transport aircraft.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, General Kadish
joined the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., where he
currently serves as Vice President and Partner. He holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Joseph's University, a
Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of
Utah, and is a graduate of both the Industrial College of the Armed
Forces and the Defense Systems Management College.
General Kadish received many major awards and decorations
throughout his Air Force career, among them the Defense
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the
Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.