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

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Dr. Robert E. Irie, Deputy Director, Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation

Dr. Robert E. Irie is the Deputy Director, Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). He serves as the Department lead for maintaining technology advantage through a comprehensive campaign to promote and 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.

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.

Mr. Kristopher E. Gardner, Acting Director, Maintaining Technology Advantage

Mr. Kristopher E. Gardner is the Acting Director, Maintaining Technology Advantage and Lead for Science and Technology (S&T) Protection 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). Mr. Gardner is responsible for developing options to protect emerging S&T to maintain the technical advantage of the U.S. Department of Defense. He has extensive experience with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and U.S. Army S&T community, to include responsibility for S&T protection; research and development; and integration in cooperation with the Intelligence Community. Mr. Gardner holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.”