- Kathleen Paige
Infobox Military Person
name= Kathleen K. Paige
caption= Rear Admiral Kathleen K. Paige
allegiance= flagicon|United States United States of America
United States Navy
commands= Naval Surface Warfare Center, Arlington, Virginia
unit= Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit(3 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal(3 awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal
Rear Admiral Kathleen K. Paige was the
Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense(BMD), the sea-based element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System(BMDS) under development by the Missile Defense Agency(MDA) cite web |url=http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/bio.asp?bioID=232|title=Rear Admiral Kathleen K. Paige USN|accessdate=2008-03-26 |work=Biographies|publisher= United States Navy] . Rear Admiral Paige retired on 22 November 2005 after 34 years of active servicecite web |url = http://www.mda.mil/mdalink/pdf/05fyi0069.pdf |title = Rear Admiral Hicks Relieves Rear Admiral Paige as Commander and Program Director of Aegis BMD] .
Rear Admiral Paige was born in
Schenectady, New Yorkin August 1948, and raised in Scotia, New Yorkcite web |url = http://www.seva.net/~incose/sor-2001/speakers/paige-bio.html |title = RADM Kathleen Paige bio] . She is a 1970 graduate of the University of New Hampshireand was commissioned in 1971.
Rear Admiral Paige’s first tour of duty was at VFP-63,
San Diego, California. Subsequent tours of duty included Fleet Combat Direction System Support Activity, San Diego; Acquisition Manager in the Navy’s Standard Embedded Computer Resource Office, Arlington, Virginia; AegisC3 Warfare Officer and Combat Systems Baseline Manager, Aegis Shipbuilding Program; Chief Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port HuenemeDivision; and Technical Director, AegisProgram Office.
Her first Flag Officer assignment was as Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Arlington, Virginia, in July 1996. In June 1998, she assumed duties as the Director, Theater Air and Missile Defense and Systems Engineering (TAMD&SE) in the Program Executive Office for Theater Surface Combatants (PEO TSC). As Director, TAMD&SE, she led the Interoperability Task Force, which coordinated the joint efforts of five program offices across three Systems Commands to complete a successful Operational Evaluation of the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). In April 1999, she was concurrently assigned as the first ASN (RDA) Chief Engineer, the Department of the Navy’s senior technical authority for the development of system and technical architectures designed to improve the integration and interoperability of Navy and Marine Corps weapon, combat, and C4I systems.
In July 2001, she became MDA’s first
Ballistic Missile Defense SystemTechnical Director, the principal advisor to the MDA Director on all matters related to the planning and technical performance of the BMDS. In August 2002, she became the Navy’s senior Engineering Duty Officer(EDO).
Rear Admiral Paige became
Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense(BMD) in March 2003 and in March 2005, concurrent with her Program Director assignment, Paige was selected by the Director, Missile Defense Agency to be the first Director of Mission Readiness.
In 1976, she received a
Master of Sciencedegree in Computer Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School. She was designated an Engineering Duty Officer(EDO) in 1981 . While attending the Engineering Duty Officer Basic Course, she was awarded the VADM Bryan Award for academic excellence. She is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management Collegeand the Cornell UniversityProgram for Executives.
Awards and Decorations
Women in the United States Navy
* [http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/bio.asp?bioID=232 Official Navy biography]
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