Tom Webber

Director, Technical Center

Mr. Webber serves as the director for the Technical Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and is a member of the Senior Executive Service. As director, he is responsible for managing research, development and test programs for space, missile defense, cyber, directed energy and related technologies. He is also responsible for the management of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Marshall Islands.

Mr. Webber previously served as Director, Programs and Technology, Technical Center, USASMDC/ARSTRAT. He was responsible for managing research and technology development in the areas of directed energy, space superiority, small satellites, hypersonic weapons, interceptors, high altitude, tactically responsive space, and cyberspace technologies.  Mr. Webber served as acting director, Rapid Transition and chief, Assessment and Transition Division, for the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center. He was responsible for acquisition oversight and rapid fielding of a variety of technologies and programs providing rapid innovative capabilities. During this time Mr. Webber also served a one-year detail as the interim deputy director, USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Technical Center and assisted the director in executing activities to develop, test, and transition technologies to Acquisition Programs of Record.

Prior to his current tour at USASMDC/ARSTRAT, he worked six years in industry at APT Research as director, Range Safety and Test Planning Division. He served as technical advisor and consultant to USASMDC/ARSTRAT and the Missile Defense Agency. At MDA he was the technical director for emerging technologies responsible for conducting satellite development, test, and launch activities. Programs supported included the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Technology Demonstrator, Near-Field Infrared Experiment, Space Tracking and Surveillance System, Ground Based Midcourse Defense, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and Kinetic Energy Interceptor.

Mr. Webber spent five years at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands as director, Command Safety Directorate. He managed the USAKA/RTS Command Safety Program in a community of more than 3,600 employees and families, with instrumentation and facility assets in excess of $4 billion. He identified flight safety analysis requirements and directed all efforts to conduct range/flight safety operations.

Mr. Webber has served as a Department of the Air Force civilian. He was the test director/chief, Flight Test Branch, USAF Phillips Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He managed a National Kinetic Energy Weapon integrated testing facility. He led the team responsible for testing advanced Strategic Defense Initiative Organization Kinetic Energy Weapons. He served four years on active duty in the USAF.