Executive Mosaic Heidi ShuUndersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, 2023 Wash 100 AwardThrough persistent organizational operations and cross-industry initiatives, Shyu continued to support technology modernization, resulting in its third overall win and two consecutive wins.
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Syu consistently meets and exceeds these standards in his multifaceted role as Chief Technology Officer for USDR&E and the Department of Defense. Her responsibilities include the definition and execution of technology missions for all DoD entities, overseeing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Innovation Unit, Missile Defense Agency, DOD Labs and Engineering Center Enterprises.
“Heidi is primarily an advocate for small contractors with game-changing technology at the Pentagon, and will support contractors crossing the ‘valley of death’ waiting for government time-travel funds.” It offers. Heidi changes processes to help governments quickly take advantage of new technologies. She puts her money where the Pentagon’s mouth is,” she said. Jim GarretsonCEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award.
Shu will start January 2022 with a decisive move, help open The DOD University Cybersecurity Consortium, based at both the University of Information and Cyberspace at the University of Defense, Washington, DC, and the Center for Safe and Trusted Systems at the University of Idaho. Called UC2, the consortium will facilitate links between the Department of Defense and academies, with a particular focus on community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and research-focused schools. Dialogue on cybersecurity issues will be the focal point.
“Diversity of ideas produces the best innovations,” said Shyu.
February 2022, Shu publishes new book science and technology strategy Through her office positioned to guide DOD components to evolve tools and gain a technical edge over their competitors. This strategy covers 14 focuses that fall into three of her broader categories: emerging opportunity seeding areas, effective recruiting areas, and defense-specific areas. The 14 areas include Quantum Science, Trustworthy AI and Autonomy, Microelectronics, Future Generations or Future-G, Hypersonics, and Integrated Sensing.
Shuyu noted that the plan aims to enable “new mechanisms and alternative pathways for rapid technology deployment,” adding that it will “focus efforts and investments on these 14 key technology areas. By doing so, the Department of Defense will accelerate the shift of critical functions to military service and combat command.” ”
The Department of Defense CTO continued his efforts to accelerate the prototyping and experimentation of the technology to realize the capabilities it had achieved. Organizational restructuring within the department in May. His three former directors of defense research and engineering have been renamed as deputy chief technology officers. Their duties include critical technology research, mission integration, and coordination with the military to facilitate a smooth transition from laboratory to fighter aircraft.
“Taken together, these changes will enable our organization to work faster and enhance collaboration within and outside our department,” said Shyu.
Other significant milestones that Shu and her team have achieved over the past year include: Group of 10 projects Under the Accelerated Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies Pilot Program in July.patronage of Task Force on Strategic Operations Support the development of weapons system identification and operational concepts within the Defense Science Board (also in July).continue work under Rapid Defense Experiment Reserve Programyet another effort centers around ramping up the pipeline of new technologies from the lab to the battlefield.
Congratulations to Heidi Shyu and the entire Research and Engineering Department of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for winning the 2023 Wash100 Award.
Heidi Shu will be the keynote speaker at the Potomac Officers Club’s 9th Annual Defense Research and Development Summit on March 23rd. Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park in Virginia. Click here to register.
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