Our Vision:

Enduring Warfighter and technological dominance enabled through superior mission systems resilient to exploitation; a competitive, assured national security innovation base; and preservation of advanced technologies and practices

Welcome to Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E)

Our Leadership

Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin, Deputy Director

Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin is the Deputy Director for Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. She serves as the Department of Defense (DoD) lead for maintaining technology advantage by mitigating exploitation and vulnerabilities of critical missions, programs, technologies, and the industrial base. Ms. Baldwin oversees program protection policy and related hardware and software assurance, anti-tamper, and critical technical information protection practices. She oversees STP&E activities to promote and protect the technology and manufacturing base as well as maintaining DoD's technology advantage.... ...READ MORE

Mr. Robert A. Gold, Director, Technology and Manufacturing Industrial Base

Mr. Robert A. Gold is the Director, Technology and Manufacturing Industrial Base in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, for which he oversees the DoD Manufacturing Technology program and the analysis, promotion, and protection of the emerging technology base.  He has more than 30 years of experience in defense software, cyber, and complex networking.  Mr. Gold has provided expertise to the Air Force F-22 and F-35, the Navy Area Theater Ballistic Missile program, and the Missile Defense Agency.  He is DAWIA Level III qualified in Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Science and Technology Management.

Ms. Melinda K. Reed, Director, Resilient Systems

Ms. Melinda K. Reed is the Director for Resilient Systems in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E).  She brings a wealth of engineering and technical experience; serving as the principal OUSD(R&E) executive for policy, guidance, education, and methods to ensure defense systems perform free of known vulnerabilities and exploitation.  Her responsibilities include overseeing Department of Defense initiatives in secure cyber resilient engineering; program protection; hardware, software, and system assurance; supply chain risk management; design for exportability; anti-tamper; and controlled technical information.  Ms. Reed is a recipient of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) Award for Excellence and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Acquisition Excellence Award.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Dr. Robert E. Irie, Director, Maintaining Technology Advantage

Dr. Rober E. Irie is the Director, Maintaining technology Advantage in  the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E).  He serves as the Department lead for maintaining technology advantage through a comprehensive campaign to promote  protect technology areas and the research enterprise. He has extensive experience in defense microelectronics; common control communications; intelligence; and electronic warfare.  Dr. Irie's accomplishments include leading the interagency assessment of the defense electronics industrial base in response to Presidential Executive Order 13806, and rapid fielding of emerging capabilities to Special Operation's Command. Dr. Irie received an S.B. in Engineering Science from Harvard College, and an M.S. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.