JAN 25, 2022

Dr. McBride Appointed as New Director of the Acquisition Innovation Research Center

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) announced Dr. Dennis K. McBride as the new government Director of the Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC). As Director, Dr. McBride will serve as the principal lead in OUSD(A&S) for addressing critical challenges in A&S through research, modeling, and pilots of innovative opportunities that leverage the expertise of the AIRC community. We welcome Dr. McBride onboard at such an exciting time for AIRC.

Dr. McBride joins OUSD(A&S) from Virginia Tech, where he was a Senior Advisor on Systems Strategy for the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Concurrently, Dr. McBride served as an advisor and consultant for various firms and think tanks in the fields of national security, science, and technology. Following his presidency of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies from 2001–2009, he has been the institute’s President Emeritus, where he advised Congress and the White House on multiple issues, including Defense Acquisition policy.

Dr. McBride has extensive experience in government, academia, and the military, including a 20-year career as a United States Naval Officer, multiple tours as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and over two decades of teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses for a multitude of prestigious universities. He has authored and co-authored over 150 published scientific and technical papers and has received numerous awards and commendations over his career, including the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal.