DTRA Deputy Director

Deputy Director

Rear Admiral Ryan Scholl


U.S. Rear Adm. Ryan Scholl serves as the Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Prior to coming to DTRA, he was the Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT.

Admiral Scholl commanded the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, Joint Provincial Reconstruction Team Asadabad (PRT) in Afghanistan, USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). His additional assignments at sea include tours with Strike Fighter Squadrons VFA-105, and VFA-83. Scholl served as executive officer onboard USS Enterprise. During his operational tours he supported Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom in support of contingency operations in Iraq, Operation Deliberate Guard/Deliberate Forge in support of stabilization efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Scholl served ashore as the narrator and demonstration pilot in the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels; assistant chief of staff for readiness at Naval Air Forces, Pacific; and chief of staff at Naval Air Forces, Atlantic; and Deputy Director, Plans, J5, U.S. Strategic Command.

Scholl has logged over 4,000 hours in A-7E Corsairs, F/A-18C Hornets, and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets to include multiple combat missions. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Admiral Scholl is a native of Beltsville, Maryland and a 1987 graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in March 1988 and designated a naval aviator in February 1990. He holds a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Joint Staff College and the Navy Nuclear Power Program.