Under the terms of Lincoln Laboratory's charter as a Department of Defense federally funded R&D center, all R&D programs undertaken by the Laboratory must be approved by the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC), which is composed of representatives from various branches of the Department of Defense. The JAC, chaired by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, oversees the Laboratory's adherence to FFRDC policies and annually reviews the Laboratory’s current five-year plan for technology development programs.

Dr. JihFen Lei  — Chair
Acting Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology

Brigadier General Evan Dertien
Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

Vice Admiral Jon Hill
Director, Missile Defense Agency

Mr. James Geurts
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition

Dr. Peter Highnam
Acting Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The Honorable Dr. Bruce Jette
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology

Dr. Will Roper
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Dr. Christopher Scolese
Director, National Reconnaissance Office

Ms. Kathy Watern
Executive Director, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center


Joint Advisory Committee Executive Group

The Joint Advisory Committee Executive Group is made up of representatives from key sponsoring agencies, who assist the Joint Advisory Committee in reviewing technical programs, and from a contracting administrative agency that monitors overall Laboratory operations.

Brigadier General Evan Dertien — Chair
Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

Ms. Kathy Watern – Vice Chair
Executive Director, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Dr. Susan Durham
Director, Advanced Systems and Technology, National Reconnaissance Office

Dr. Craig Hoffman
Portfolio Director,  Office of Naval Research

Dr. Joseph McCloskey
Technical Director, Research Director, National Security Agency

Dr. Mark Rosker
Director, Microsystems Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Shari Seth
Acting Program Executive for Advanced Technology, Missile Defense Agency

Mr. Jeffrey Singleton
Director for Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology