Mr. Eric S. Ryberg

Acting Executive Director, Combatants in the Program Executive Office, Ships

Mr. Eric S. Ryberg serves as the Acting Executive Director, Combatants in the Program Executive Office, Ships where he provides executive leadership for complex, new construction shipbuilding programs defining the 21st century surface combatant fleet.  His responsibilities span multiple major program offices including:  DDG 51, DDG 1000, Electric Ships Office, and Ships Acquisition Management.

In September 2017, Mr. Ryberg was selected the Deputy Program Manager of PMS 500, the DDG 1000 Destroyer Program Office.  In this role, he leads the team responsible for the acquisition, construction, test, delivery, and in-service support of the ZUMWALT Class, a $24B+ acquisition program (ACAT IC).

Mr. Ryberg began his career in 1987 at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland as an Aerospace Engineer in the Carrier Suitability Department, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate.  There he led a wide variety of flight tests and served as Lead Flight Test Engineer for several major test programs.

In 1992, Mr. Ryberg was competitively selected to be a member of Class 102 at the US Naval Test Pilot School, completing the Fixed Wing Flight Test Engineer's Curriculum.  During the 11-month program, he logged more than 120 flying hours in sixteen different type fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

In 1995, Mr. Ryberg was selected to serve as Deputy / Chief Engineer for the newly established Carrier Suitability IPT in the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) program, later to be named Joint Strike Fighter.  He led the shipboard suitability evaluations of the air systems bidding for the JSF System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract.  In 2001, Mr. Ryberg was promoted to IPT Lead.

In 2004, Mr. Ryberg joined PEO Aircraft Carriers as the Deputy Assistant Program Manager (APM) for CVN 68 Class New Construction.  In this role he co-led the program management team responsible for the construction, outfitting, testing, and delivery of the final ship of the NIMITZ-class, USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77).

In 2006, Mr. Ryberg transferred within PEO Aircraft Carriers to the Future Aircraft Carrier Program (PMS 378), having been selected as APM for CVN 78, lead ship of the GERALD R. FORD Class.  In 2007, he advanced to Principal APM for CVN 78, responsible for the management of a $5.1B+ Detail Design and Construction contract and the delivery of more than $1.2B in Government-furnished equipment.

In 2010, Mr. Ryberg joined the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)).  Reporting directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs, he served as Director for CVN, LHA, and LHD Programs.

In July 2012, Mr. Ryberg was selected the first Deputy Program Manager of the CVN 79 / CVN 80, the second and third ships of the CVN 78 Class Program (ACAT ID).

Mr. Ryberg earned a Bachelor's of Aerospace Engineering (1986) and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (1987), both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He also earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management (1993) from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He graduated from the Defense Acquisition University’s Program Manager’s Course in 2008 and Executive Program Manager’s Course in 2013.

Mr. Ryberg's awards include an OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Award and a DoN Meritorious Civilian Service Award.  His memberships in professional societies include the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association and the US Naval Institute.