Syring new head at Missile Defense Agency

Tuesday - 8/7/2012, 7:56am EDT

Vice Adm. James Syring

The Missile Defense Agency has a new leader. The Defense Department named Vice Adm. James Syring as the director of MDA.

Syring replaces Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, who was the subject of a DoD Inspector General report on his alleged abusive management style. In May, the IG recommended appropriate corrective action against O'Reilly.

Syring comes to MDA after serving as the program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command for about two years. In his previous role, Syring was responsible for acquiring, developing, delivering and sustaining integrated weapons systems for ships, submarines, carriers and aircraft within the fleet and joint force.

DoD didn't say what is happening to O'Reilly.

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