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John R. Friend
Senior Vice President
Division Director, Strategic Operations and Security Division (SOSD)

Photo of John FriendJohn Friend leads the Strategic Operations and Security Division (SOSD), which provides comprehensive analytical support to Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), and other Department of Defense elements dedicated to Strategic Fleet Ballistic Missile operations and support. This includes the safeguarding of seaborne military assets and resources through program planning support, policies, vulnerabilities and countermeasures analyses, and nuclear weapons surety support. The division is comprised of three groups: Security Programs Group, Strategic Acquisition and Operations Group, and the Program Management and Acquisition Group.

Mr. Friend has more than 36 years of experience in a full range of strategic systems operations and program management. His experience includes a 27-year Navy career where he served onboard several Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines and commanded the SSP Program Management Office in Sunnyvale, Ca., and the Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, in Kings Bay, Ga. He joined SPA in 2003 and uses his extensive experience in support of strategic weapons and nuclear armament security for fleet submarine operations.

Mr. Friend holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, respectively.