Norm Tew has devoted his career to engineering systems that defend the United States and advance strategic objectives abroad. His work has spanned more than 36 years in defensive weapon systems development, including system architecture and requirements definition, system and product design, performance evaluation, systems integration, system testing and operational fielding.
His current role as vice president and general manager of the Missile and Weapon Systems division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, headquartered in Huntsville, gives him responsibility for a portfolio of programs that provide strategic and tactical missile and weapon system solutions for the United States and its allies across the globe.
Tew graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1982 from Auburn University, staying two more years as an instructor and research assistant to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He immediately joined GE Aerospace, now Lockheed Martin Corporation, transferring to Huntsville in 1988.
While with Lockheed Martin, Tew held a variety of leadership positions. He participated in the development of the first space-based interceptor concept, followed by a variety of space-based, ground-based, short-range, longrange, exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric kinetic intercept solutions for intercepting ballistic missiles. Tew worked on a variety of technologies and systems, leading systems engineering and analysis activities, and was one of the early architects of the National Missile Defense deployment solutions. His work with Lockheed Martin culminated as director, Systems Engineering, for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program.
In 2004, Tew joined The Boeing Company as chief engineer for the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD), an element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. He joined the GMD program to take it from concept to reality, leading the development, integration, testing, initial deployment, and sustainment along with numerous capability expansions. GMD is the United States’ only system capable of providing protection of the entire United States homeland against long-range nuclear ballistic missile attacks. In 2009, he was named vice president and program director of the GMD.
At the start of 2018, Tew became vice president of engineering, Space & Missile Systems, and quickly after became vice president and general manager, Missile and Weapon Systems. This portfolio comprises U.S. homeland missile defense solutions including the GMD and the Missile Defense National Team programs; United States Strategic Deterrence Systems, including the Minuteman ICBM and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent programs; weapons programs including Cruise Missile Systems and Direct Attack precision-guided munition programs; and Integrated Air and Missile Defense programs comprising both kinetic and laser-based directed-energy solutions.
He garnered numerous awards during his career. In 2018, he was honored as the Electrical Engineering Alumni of the Year by Auburn. Representing his team’s accomplishments, he received Aviation Week’s Defense Team Grand Laureate Award in 2015 and 2018. The National Space Club honored his team with its prestigious Nelson P. Jackson Award in 2018, and he earned the National Defense Industrial Association Leadership Excellence Award in 2017. He was recognized for “outstanding engineering and analytical skills integrating ingeniously derived solutions to very difficult technical problems” with the Martin Marietta Information Group’s Renaissance Award in 1994. The Army Air Defense Artillery Association recognized Tew with the “Honorable Order of Saint Barbara” for professional contributions to Air Defense Programs.