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Maj. Gen. Philip A. Garrant is the Program Executive for Ground-based Weapon Systems for the Missile Defense Agency. Programs in Maj. Gen. Garrant’s portfolio include Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, four Joint U.S. and Israeli Programs, and several classified programs collectively valued at more than $3.4 billion annually. His portfolio includes more than 1,200 civilian, military, and contractor personnel at locations worldwide.
Prior to assuming his current position, Maj. Gen. Garrant was the Vice Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center where he was responsible for assisting the commander in managing the research, design, development, acquisition, and sustainment of space and missile systems, launch, command and control, and operational satellite systems.
Maj. Gen. Garrant received his commission from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Maryland in 1991. During his career, he has served in a variety of acquisition positions including Systems Engineer, Program Manager, Program Element Monitor, Squadron Commander, Senior Materiel Leader, and Deputy Program Executive Officer.
1991 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
1995 Master of Science, Systems Management, Capitol College, Laurel, Md.
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2004 Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2011 Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
2014 Enterprise Leadership Program, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2016 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
“What are the Lessons from using Airpower in Counterinsurgencies?” Army War College, 2011
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 23,1991
First Lieutenant Oct. 19, 1993
Captain Oct. 19, 1995
Major Aug. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel Sept. 1, 2011
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2017
Major General May 22, 2020
(Current as of June 2020)