Gil Klinger, BA ’81

Vice President, Business Development
Space and Intelligence

About Gil Klinger

Gil Klinger serves as vice president of business development for space and intelligence at Raytheon. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice president and senior executive account manager for National Security Future Architectures within the Harris Space and Intelligence Systems segment. Space and Intelligence Systems offers complete Earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing, and information analytics.

Klinger joined Harris in 2015 after a 30-year career with the United States Government. He has held a number of senior positions within the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Defense (DoD), and Executive Office of the President. As deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategic, space and intelligence, he was responsible for acquisition oversight of all space and intelligence programs executed by the DoD. He was also responsible for oversight and coordination with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for the majority of acquisition programs executed within the National Intelligence Program. He served in two senior positions in the ODNI, where he led the Integrated Collection Architecture, an unprecedented IC/DoD study that developed capability, architecture, and investment alternatives for recapitalizing U.S. collection capabilities. He also played a critical role in the Imagery Way Ahead, an 18-month study that developed and gained approval for the modernization of a central element of the U.S. imagery architecture.

As the National Security Council director of space policy, Klinger was principal author of five national space policies, including the first new U.S. space exploration vision in more than a generation. Previously he served as director of policy at the National Reconnaissance Office, where he developed and oversaw implementation of all internal policy, interagency activity, and international engagement. Klinger began his government career in the Presidential Management Internship Program. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history and political science. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.