Mission Area Executive, Theater Defense
Vishal Giare is the mission area executive for Theater Defense at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). He is responsible for setting direction for a mission area conducting over 900 staff years in annual sponsored work focused on developing advanced air, ballistic missile, and hypersonic missile defense to provide integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) solutions to protect forward-deployed forces, allies, and partners. He oversees the Laboratory’s portfolio of Theater Defense programs, including Aegis, Standard Missile, Air and Missile Defense Radar, Cooperative Engagement Capability, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Hypersonic Glide Phase Intercept, and other advanced development programs. For more than 25 years, Mr. Giare has contributed to developing IAMD sensors, command and control, and weapon systems and has served as a trusted agent and technical advisor to senior U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency leaders. In 2016, he was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to serve on the Naval Studies Board Committee on Defending Forward-Deployed U.S. Navy Platforms from Potential Enemy Missile and Rocket Attacks. He has also completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in National and International Security program. Mr. Giare earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Tennessee and M.S. degrees in physics and electrical engineering systems from the University of Michigan.