Lt. Gen. Henry A. ("Trey") Obering, USAF (ret)
After a military career spanning 35 years, Lt. General Henry A. ("Trey") Obering, USAF, one of the foremost experts and leading voices on missile defense, retired in 2009 as Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
General Obering entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973 after completing the University of Notre Dame's ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He received his pilot wings in 1975, received the Top Gun, Air-to-Air award during his F-4E training, and flew operational assignments in the F-4E. Later assigned to the Space Shuttle program, General Obering participated in 15 space shuttle launches as a NASA orbiter project engineer, and was responsible for integrating firing room launch operations. Other assignments included tours with the Air Force Inspector General, Defense Mapping Agency and Electronic Systems Center.
Prior to his assignment at MDA, General Obering planned and programmed 68 joint, Air Force and international programs with a $28 billion budget, as Mission Area Director for Information Dominance on the Air Staff.
General Obering received his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering (cum laude) from University of Notre Dame and his Master of Science in astronautical engineering from Stanford University. He is a distinguished graduate from both the Squadron Officer School and the Air Command & Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, as well as a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
General Obering is currently a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy, management and technology consulting firm.
"Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. ... All options are on the table. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table."
~ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a news conference in Seoul on Friday with his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (more here).