Ole Knudson, a retired U.S. Army major general and former deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, has been named senior director of precision weapons at Orbital ATK‘s (NYSE: OA) armament systems division.
Orbital ATK said Monday the more than three-decade Army and MDA veteran will lead the company’s efforts to design, build and produce precision weapon systems for military customers.
“Gen. Knudson brings a wealth of knowledge and demonstrated ability to drive innovation and program execution across a broad array of technologies,” said Mike Kahn, president of Orbital ATK’s defense systems group.
“Ole will be a great addition to our leadership team as we serve our U.S. and international customers to meet the increasing demands of our products and services, and deliver solutions for future threats,” Kahn added.
His Army career includes roles such as program executive officer for missiles and space at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, project manager for combat ammunition systems, deputy director for the Security Assistance Office Afghanistan, and director and assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology operations forward in Iraq.
Knudson holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.