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ARA Welcomes New Professional to the San Diego Office

October 2012

In mid-October ARA announced the addition of Fred Gaghan (Captain USN, ret.) to the San Diego office. Fred is joining ARA after completing 24+ years of naval service as a Special Operations Officer. Fred recently relocated to San Diego from Washington, D.C., where he served as the senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

While at JIEDDO, Fred led a diverse team of military, government civilian, and contract support teams responsible for the research and development, demonstration, and fielding of cutting edge counter-Improvised Explosive Device force protection technologies. His knowledge and experience in joint, naval, and multinational military operations, federal acquisition, and test and evaluation activities, led to senior leadership positions as the organization's Deputy Director for Rapid Acquisition and Technology and Chief of Staff.

JIEDDO was the capstone of Fred's distinguished career in the Navy, which included diverse and challenging assignments across the globe through which he developed extensive experience in coordinating and conducting strategic and operational planning, requirements analysis, and program management across multiple national security and technical disciplines to include remote sensing and electronic countermeasures technologies, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance platforms, unmanned systems,  and decision support tools.  He is a Defense Acquisition University certified Program Manager and holds master’s  degrees in Physics and Engineering Acoustics from the Naval Postgraduate School.

"We are excited to have Fred join our office as the Director of Program Development," said  Terri Wirth Koepenick, the Director for Operations, San Diego. "His current experience in developing counter-IED technologies touches on many of the defense and domestic security efforts ARA is working on with our government partners. He brings a fresh perspective to ARA on what demands and opportunities our forces may face as the IED threat matures and how ARA can lead and partner to provide that support."