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Richard Matlock

Mr. Richard Matlock is the owner and principal of Matlock Strategies for Technology Innovation, a Limited Liability Corporation providing consultation and other executive services to government, corporate and academic entities for creating innovative technology development strategies.  Recently retired from the Missile Defense Agency, Mr. Matlock was the Program Executive for Advanced Technology, one of the Department of Defense’s six Science and Technology Executives reporting to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Development.  In this position, Mr. Matlock led the development of the next generation of cutting-edge missile defense technologies, proving their benefit to the Warfighter through realistic experiments in relevant environments. Mr. Matlock’s portfolio included high energy lasers, advanced airborne sensors for discrimination and future anti-ballistic missile interceptors and rail guns. In May 2015, he was appointed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to direct a Department-wide special program tackling a high priority national security issue.     

His broad based, 40 year career in government service included major acquisition and scientific positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and the U.S. Air Force.  Mr.  Matlock’s major awards include Air Force Systems Command’s Aerospace Primus Award (1987) the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for Missile Defense (1989), The Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (2000), the inaugural Missile Defense Technology Pioneer Award (2006), Meritorious Presidential Rank Award (2014), the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Award of Excellence (2016), the Director’s Pinnacle Award (2017), and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service (2017).