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.

Ms. Mary Miller – Chair
Performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Major General William Cooley
Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

Lt Gen Samuel Greaves
Director, Missile Defense Agency

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

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

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

Ms. Betty Sapp
Director, National Reconnaissance Office

Dr. Steven Walker
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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.

Major General William Cooley – Chair
Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

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

Dr. William Chappell
Director, Microsystems Technology Office,
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Karl Dahlhauser
Acting Director, Space and Sensor Systems,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering

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

Mr. Joseph Keelon
Acting Program Executive for Advanced Technology,
Missile Defense Agency

Ms. Cheryl Mawhinney
Technical Director, Research Director,
National Security Agency

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

Dr. David Walker
Portfolio Director,
Office of Naval Research