Tony Melita

Anthony J. (Tony) Melita

Director, Land Warfare and Munitions; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), The Pentagon

  • Staff Specialist, Munitions, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), The Pentagon
  • Chief, Producibility and Value Engineering, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
  • Chief, Multiple Launch Rocket System Field Office, U.S. Army Project Manager, Multiple Launch Rocket System, Camden, AR
  • Staff Engineer, U.S. Army Production Base Modernization Agency, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

    M.S. in Engineering Management, Florida Institute of Technology
    B.S. in Engineering, Syracuse University
    B.S. in Forest Engineering, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse
    A.A.S in Environmental Science, State University of NY, Cobleskill
    Certificate in Reliability & Maintainability Engineering, U.S. Army School of Engineering & Logistics
    Program Managers Course at the Defense Systems Management College, Certified Level III
    Leadership for a Democratic Society program, Federal Executive Institute
    Senior Executive Fellows program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


    Tony Melita is an internationally recognized expert in munitions and land warfare systems acquisition forged over 31 years of service with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  He has a reputation for fairness and integrity when operating as a day-to-day tactician, and as a visionary when laying the foundation for strategic outcomes.  He has a long track record of shaping successful defense acquisition programs and for developing strong relationships between government and industry.

    Mr. Melita had various assignments as a DoD civilian — ranging from hands-on technology development to serving as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and concluding as the Director for Land Warfare and Munitions within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

    In 1987, Mr. Melita joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense after nine years as an Army civilian.  In August 1997, he was promoted into the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service and was assigned as the Director of the Office of Munitions.  In October 2002 a reorganization challenged him to provide leadership over the Office of Land Warfare as well.  In this role he was responsible for the vertical integration of warheads, explosives, and fuze technologies into munitions systems, and with the development and acquisition of all major land combat acquisition programs including Army and Marine Corps tracked and wheeled vehicles and rotary wing aviation systems and programs.

    Mr. Melita is a three-time recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; a recipient of a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive; and a recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Gold Medal.

    Mr. Melita is a member of the American Helicopter Society and the Marine Corps Aviation Association; he serves on the Board of Directors of the Robotics Technology Consortium and as a Senior Advisor to the National Warheads and Energetics Consortium.