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Defense Modernization Priorities: On the Road to Technological Dominance
Monday, April 27, 2020
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
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Rachael Bennett
301 405 0764

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The Department of Defense released its most recent National Defense Strategy in 2018. Included in that strategy is a focus on a broad range of technology priority areas, including microelectronics, biotechnology, autonomy, artificial intelligence, cyber security, quantum technology, networked command and control, 5G communications, space, directed energy, and hypersonics. The Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization was created in November 2019 to oversee this portfolio and develop roadmaps for the entire Department of Defense to advance in each of these areas. This lecture will explore this range of priority areas and how these various technologies have evolved over time. 

Dr. Mark J. Lewis is the Director of Defense Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in charge of overseeing modernization efforts across the defense S&T enterprise.

Prior to this role, Dr. Lewis was the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) In this role he led a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center that supported the White House and other Executive Branch agencies in the formulation of national science and technology policy.

Dr. Lewis is a Professor Emeritus of aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland, where he has been a faculty member since 1988. From 2004-2008 Dr. Lewis was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force. From 2010 to 2011 he was President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Lewis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics, Bachelor of Science degree in earth and planetary science (1984), Master of Science (1985) and Doctor of Science (1988) in aeronautics and astronautics.

A recipient of the USAF Exemplary, Meritorious, and Exceptional Civilian Service Awards, Dr. Lewis was the 1994 AIAA National Capital Young Scientist/Engineer of the Year, IECEC/A.

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