Dr. David V. Kalbaugh, recently retired assistant director for Programs at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for his many contributions to national defense. The award is the second-highest given by the Secretary of Defense to a private citizen.
The award was presented by Rear Adm. Charles H. "Chuck" Goddard, Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, on April 3 at APL. It recognizes Dr. Kalbaugh's superior accomplishments and contributions while a member of the Naval Studies Board and the Defense Science Board Task Forces, on which he served intermittently from 1993 to 2005. The citation commended Dr. Kalbaugh's "technical expertise, innovative leadership, and vision for high-level scientific advisory boards and committees that guided the development of weapons systems critical to the national defense."
His contributions to the defense groups came from his extensive systems engineering expertise in cruise missile guidance and control, space and airborne over-the-horizon targeting and Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance. His systems perspective on long-range weapons targeting within a precision engagement network provided critical input.
Dr. Kalbaugh joined APL in 1969, and for the next 30 years analyzed Tomahawk and Cruise Missile testing. Beginning as an electrical engineer, he rose through the supervisory ranks until, in 1996, he was named head of the Power Projection Systems Department, which oversaw missile programs. He became the assistant director for all Laboratory programs in 2001 and retired in November 2005.
Dr. Kalbaugh holds a bachelor's degree in engineering science from Johns Hopkins University, a master's in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. He resides in Centreville, Md., with his wife, Angie.