Rear Adm. Jon A. Hill, USN Deputy Director Missile Defense Agency
AIAA Defense Forum 2019
Rear Adm. Jon Hill, USN, is a native of Texas, born and raised on Fort Bliss. A surface warfare officer designated as an engineering duty officer, he is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and earned a Master of Science in Applied Physics and Ordnance Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School.
Hill’s first flag officer tour was program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS). In this role, he was accountable for developing, delivering and sustaining all surface ship combat control systems, radars, missiles, launchers, electronic warfare, naval gunnery systems and surface and subsurface anti-submarine warfare mission capabilities.
Other leadership and acquisition engineering positions include AEGIS Shipbuilding (PMS 400), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division and Port Hueneme Division, PEO Theater Surface Combatants and on the Assistant Secretary of the Navy staff for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RD&A).
He also served on the Joint Staff (J-6), U.S. Army Staff for Missile Systems and as a senior fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (CNO SSG XXVII). He served Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as technical director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense then as Aegis Combat Systems major program manager responsible for delivering Naval Integrated Fire Control and Counter Air (NIFC-CA) and Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capabilities to forces afloat.
Hill assumed duties as deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency in November 2016. He advises the director, MDA, in fielding the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and manages MDA support to BMDS operational programs. Hill supports the development and implementation of BMDS policy, capabilities, priorities and resources, and serves as the operational interface with the services, combatant commands, Joint Staff and allies.
Personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).