Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)
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.
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