Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation
Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin is the Deputy Director for Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. She serves as the Department of Defense (DoD) lead for maintaining technology advantage by mitigating exploitation and vulnerabilities of critical missions, programs, technologies, and the industrial base. Ms. Baldwin oversees program protection policy and related hardware and software assurance, anti-tamper, and critical technical information protection practices. She oversees the Joint Federated Assurance Center and leads DoD policy and standards for trusted and assured systems. She oversees the DoD National Manufacturing Institutes and the Manufacturing Technology program.
Before this appointment, Ms. Baldwin served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering and Principal Deputy, Systems Engineering, overseeing engineering policy, practice, and the DoD engineering workforce. She led digital engineering, system security engineering, trusted and assured microelectronics, and system of systems engineering initiatives and was a founder of the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center, a University Affiliated Research Center.
A member of the Senior Executive Service since 2007, Ms. Baldwin has also served as Deputy Director, Software Engineering and System Assurance. Before joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Ms. Baldwin served as a science and technology advisor in the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. She began her career at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal.
Ms. Baldwin is a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in recognition of exemplary service, and the National Defense Industrial Association Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr., Systems Engineering Excellence Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Systems Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Timothy P. Grayson
Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Timothy Grayson is Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, all-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. Dr. Grayson came to STO in 2018 from a varied career in government and industry. Most recently he was the founder and president of Fortitude Mission Research LLC, a consulting company specializing in strategy and technology analysis related to defense and intelligence. Dr. Grayson has extensive government experience. He spent several years as a senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Science and Technology and culminating in a tour at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to CIA, Dr. Grayson was a program manager and senior scientist at DARPA. Dr. Grayson holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Rochester, where he specialized in quantum optics, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Dayton with minors in mathematics and computer science.
Dr. Daniel Ragsdale
Assistant Director for Cyber, OUSD (R&E), DoD (confirmed)
Dr. Daniel “Rags” Ragsdale is the Assistant Director for Cyber, in the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Research & Technology). In that role, Dr. Ragsdale is responsible for coordinating cyber modernization efforts across the Department of Defense, with specific responsibility for the establishment of policies and for supervision over cyber modernization research and engineering, technology development, prototyping, experimentation, developmental testing, and transition activities. He is also responsible for making recommendations concerning the allocation of resources and alignment of efforts across the Department.
Before his recent return to service in the Department of Defense, Dr. Ragsdale was the founding director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In the Director role, Dr. Ragsdale was responsible for leading, coordinating, and facilitating cybersecurity research and educational activities across the University. Dr. Ragsdale had previously served as a Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In that capacity, he successfully led and managed a $175M research and development portfolio of classified and unclassified cybersecurity and educational programs.
Nicolas M. Chaillan
US Air Force Chief Software Officer