RADM Lengerich is the Vice President for Naval Programs at Thales Defense and Security, Inc. (TDSI), a proxy regulated company; Free of Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI). Previous to joining TDSI in 2018, he held vice president positions at CACI, Oracle America, Inc., and Cypress International.
RADM Lengerich received his commission in 1971 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Colorado and retired from the US Navy in 2005. He served for 14 years as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) in a variety of operational positions both afloat, ashore and overseas; including combat operations in Vietnam. In 1984 he became an Engineering Duty Officer, serving 20 years as acquisition professional where he managed integration of JTIDS/TADIL-J /Link 16 tactical data link into Navy ships and aircraft; development of the Command and Control Processor (C2P): and development of the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile’s Afloat Planning System (TLAM-APS).
As a Captain, he commanded the Naval Electronics Systems Engineering Center (NAVELEX), Charleston, SC and was the first Commanding Officer of the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center, In Service Engineering, East Coast (NISE East), now known as Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Atlantic. He subsequently served as the last Commander, Naval Command Control and Ocean Surveillance Center (NCCOSC) responsible for operation of all Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) field activities, with additional duty to the Commander, SPAWAR as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer.
He was selected for Flag rank in 1999, while serving as Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command and was assigned as SPAWAR’s first Director, Logistics and Installations (SPAWAR 04). His first Flag assignment was to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, as Director, Industrial Capacity, Maintenance Policy and Acquisition Logistics (OPNAV N43) and later as its first Deputy Director for Fleet Readiness. In 2002, he was promoted to “two-stars” and assumed duties as Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; his last assignment.
RADM Lengerich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado; a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School; and completed the Executive Management Program of the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University.
He was the founding President of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Low Country Chapter (Charleston, South Carolina); a member of the Defense Science Board’s 2009 Task Force on Acquisition of Information Technology; and was the senior member of the 2012 Solid State Laser Study commissioned by the Office of Naval Research.