Rich Choppa

Program Director, Missile and Weapon Systems, Defense, Space & Security, Boeing

Rich Choppa is program director for Boeing’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Sustainment Programs, overseeing a portfolio of sustainment programs for the nation’s strategic deterrence systems that includes support for U.S. Air Force missile wings nationwide.

Choppa joined Boeing in 2003 as program manager for Missile Defense International Programs. Most recently, he served as senior director for Global Sales & Marketing for Missile and Weapon Systems.

Before joining Boeing, Choppa served 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served as a forward observer, fire support officer and commander in Ranger and Airborne units with multiple worldwide deployments, as well as a policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A combat veteran of the Panama, Iraq and Balkan conflicts, Choppa is also a veteran of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.