Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work visits MIT Lincoln Laboratory

On 12 May, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work toured MIT Lincoln Laboratory's facilities and was briefed on a number of ongoing advanced technology programs, including ones in air defense, laser communications, and wide-area surveillance. Mr. Work's visit coincided with the 37th Air Vehicle Survivability Workshop, cosponsored by the Laboratory and the Air Force to provide military, Department of Defense civilian employees, and industry with conversations on current developments in aircraft survivability. During the morning session of the workshop, Mr. Work spoke to the audience about the Department of Defense's strategic directions, referred to as the "third offset strategy;" one emphasis in this plan is the development of innovative technical solutions to solve defense challenges. Earlier at the workshop, Dr. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, delivered a keynote address on ways the Department of Defense can enable acquisition leaders to take ownership of the technical direction of their programs.

Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, center, visited MIT Lincoln Laboratory in May. He is seen here with, left to right, Dr. Robert Shin, head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Tactical Systems Division, Lincoln Laboratory; Prof. Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, MIT; Dr. Eric Evans, Director, Lincoln Laboratory; Dr. William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Dr. Thomas Ehrhard, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; and Randall Walden, Director, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, center, visited MIT Lincoln Laboratory in May. He is seen here with, left to right, Dr. Robert Shin, head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Tactical Systems Division, Lincoln Laboratory; Prof. Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, MIT; Dr. Eric Evans, Director, Lincoln Laboratory; Dr. William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Dr. Thomas Ehrhard, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Randall Walden, Director, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

Posted May 2015

 

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