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Lt. General Ronald Kadish


Ron Kadish is a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton who specializes in support for U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), and industrial clients.

Mr. Kadish served as chairman of the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment (DAPA), a Federal Advisory Commission that examined the strengths and weaknesses of the defense acquisition process. The Commission’s recommendations were published in 2006.

Today, he is responsible for Booz Allen’s Air Force business, including:
  • Life cycle planning
  • Program management and restructuring
  • Acquisition support
  • Systems engineering and integration
After entering the Air Force in 1970, Mr. Kadish retired after 34 years of service in the grade of Lieutenant General. As a senior pilot, he has logged more than 2,500 flying hours, primarily in the C-130.

Before he left active duty, Mr. Kadish directed the DoD Missile Defense Agency, where he served as the acquisition executive for all ballistic missile defense systems and programs. He brought Army, Navy, Air Force, and civilian employees together in a $10 billion annual effort to develop, test, and deploy missile defenses against all ranges of threats in all phases of flight.

He held a variety of senior systems acquisition, program management, and command positions before joining Booz Allen in 2005. He served as program director for the F-15, F-16, and C-17 System Program offices, as well as director for manufacturing and quality assurance for the B-1B System Program Office. He also commanded the Electronic Systems Center, which is the Air Force Acquisition Center for Command, Control, and Intelligence.

Mr. Kadish holds an MBA from the University of Utah, a B.S. degree from St. Joseph’s University, and is a graduate of the Squadron Officer School and a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, both at Maxwell Air Force Base. He also graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair and the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir.

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