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General Clif Tooley, IEDC President of Defense Development



Major General Omer C. (Clif) Tooley Jr. serves as president of defense development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for growing Indiana’s defense industry by promoting the state’s defense assets, assisting in business development, and attracting and supporting defense-related industry partnerships and activities under the direction of Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

General Tooley previously served as president of Ludus Serviam, a defense industry-focused consulting group that he founded in 2018, and chief executive officer and board chairman of the Indiana Defense Network. Prior to joining the private sector in 2016, General Tooley served as Assistant Adjutant General – Army of the Indiana National Guard, where he was responsible for the development of the Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Defense Industrial Association.

During his 41 years of military service, General Tooley served in several staff and leadership roles during peacetime, combat and domestic emergency situations, including tours with the 101st Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, 38th Infantry Division, Institute for Military Assistance and the Indiana National Guard. He has received more than 30 honors and decorations throughout his military career, including the Legion of Merit (three-time recipient) and Distinguished Service Medal. General Tooley also received the Sagamore of the Wabash, Public Service Achievement and Distinguished Hoosier awards by the state. 

General Tooley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Western Kentucky University and Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Connie, have three sons and eight grandchildren.