Mr. Kristopher E. Gardner is the Acting Director, Maintaining Technology Advantage (MTA) and the Director for Science and Technology (S&T) Protection in the Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Mr. Gardner is responsible for developing options to protect emerging S&T to maintain the Department of Defense’s (DoD) technical advantage. He has extensive experience within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and U.S. Army S&T community, including responsibility for S&T protection, research and development, and integration and cooperation with the Intelligence Community. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Podcasts / Webinars
The United States faces evolving challenges to its military and technological dominance. Some of the most pressing challenges include rapid technological change, development and procurement issues, and Great Power Competition from Russia and China. Preserving our technology advantage from unwanted diversion, exploitation, or transfer is difficult to balance against the competition for global talent with the increased use of non-traditional collectors by foreign intelligence services.
In this webinar, Mr. Gardner will discuss how the Department of Defense (DoD) is developing standardized research security efforts, offering new program protection resources, and pursuing other ongoing activities to mitigate unwanted foreign influence and technology transfer. He will share how the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s (OUSD(R&E)) Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) office is developing and sharing best practices in research security and program protection with DoD, U.S. government, academic, and international partners. This webinar will delve into these efforts, including the development of consistent risk methodologies and tailored S&T protection measures for DoD Modernization Priorities. Additionally, Mr. Gardner will address the impact of DoD’s research security efforts on federally-funded research and Foreign Talent Recruitment Programs.