Dale A. Ormond, Director
May 19, 2010
Dale A. Ormond became the Director, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in a Feb. 10, 2012 ceremony. He is the first civilian executive to lead the organization.
Before assuming the role as director, Ormond served as the first Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) and Fort Leavenworth.
Ormond was selected for the Senior Executive Service in July 2004.
He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Elimination of Chemical Weapons) from July 2004 to July 2008, where he provided executive level policy and oversight of the Chemical Demilitarization Program, for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)/Army Acquisition Executive. His responsibilities included oversight of the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of the U.S Chemical Weapons Destruction Program, while ensuring safety, environmental compliance, and cost effective operations of our chemical weapons destruction plants. In addition, he engaged directly with key stakeholders and he monitored closely the progress of international chemical demilitarization operations and chemical weapon destruction Treaty commitments.
Ormond also served as the Acting Director, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency from January 2007 to January 2008, and had line management authority and responsibility for the operation of three chemical weapon storage depots, four chemical weapon storage activities, and five operational chemical weapons destruction facilities with a $1.5 billion annual budget. Additionally from February to June 2008, he served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Policy and Procurement, where he was responsible for Army contracting and acquisition policy.
A former Navy submarine officer, Ormond is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University. He also has a Level III certification in DoD Acquisition Program Management. He has a vast background in nuclear safety, industrial facility operations, and nuclear/chemical waste disposal spanning more than 25 years with the Department of Energy and Department of Defense.
Ormond, originally from Silverton, Oregon, is married and has six children.