Obama Nominates Rear Adm. James Syring to Head MDA

James Syring

President Obama has nominated Rear Admiral James Syring to serve as director of the Missile Defense Agency, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Monday.

Syring currently serves as program executive officer for integrated warfare systems at the Naval Sea Systems Command.

His previous leadership positions include combat systems baseline manager in the Aegis Technical Division, director for surface combatants for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and technical director for the Navy’s DDG 1000 shipbuilding program.

The 27-year veteran is a recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and was commissioned as an ensign.

Subsequent to commissioning, he was designated an engineering duty officer.

In 1992, he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.

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