National Security Analysis Mission Area
The National Security Analysis Mission Area provides multi-mission assessments for naval, joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsors on a wide range of emerging or evolving national security issues. Analyses conducted by staff members in this mission area provide strategic insights that help guide other APL mission areas as well as sponsored-research programs.
The National Security Analysis Mission Area focuses on the following:
- Developing concepts and technologies for emerging national security and space needs aligned with the capabilities and missions of APL sectors
- Incubating new research areas via analyses and systems engineering of advanced concepts, technologies, systems, and processes
- Developing technical leadership in life-cycle affordability and efficiency analyses of systems and processes supporting sector strategies
- Advancing the development of analytical models, simulations, and gaming processes
The National Security Analysis Mission Area is organized into three primary program areas:
- The Applied Systems Engineering Program Area focuses on systems engineering and analysis for senior decision makers, Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Operational Utility Assessments, irregular warfare and counterinsurgency, and collaborative analysis and gaming. This program area comprises the following programs:
- Systems Engineering and Integration
- Modeling and Simulation
- Joint Capability Technology Demonstration
- Collaborative Analysis and Gaming
- Irregular Warfare and Counterinsurgency
- Medical Systems Engineering
- The National Command Program Area addresses senior leadership command challenges that span national leadership, Department of Defense, and national security/emergency preparedness sponsors. This program area comprises the following programs:
- National Leadership Command Capability and National Security Emergency Preparedness
- National Security Systems and Intelligence
- Senior Executive Command, Control, and Communications
- Joint Systems Engineering and Integration
- The Security Analysis and Assessments Program Area focuses primarily on operations research challenges in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Combatant Commanders, and senior-level service sponsors. This program area comprises the following programs:
- Strategic Initiatives
- Naval Leadership Analysis
- Systems Testing and Evaluation
- Missile Defense Agency Modeling and Simulation
- Homeland Security
Greg Melcher, National Security Analysis Mission Area Executive
Gregory K. Melcher became the Mission Area Executive for National Security Analysis on January 17, 2005. He leads Laboratory efforts focused on conducting analyses that enable government sponsors to make informed decisions regarding critical national security issues. The breadth of analysis ranges from strategic to tactical and includes interagency operations and capabilities in response to the emergence of non-nation-state threats to national security. Analysis of combined, joint, and service capabilities draws heavily upon the engineering and scientific expertise at APL as well as on significant military and intelligence operational experience.
Prior to joining the Laboratory in 2005, Mr. Melcher served 26 years in government positions of increasing responsibility, including eight years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. In his most recent government position as deputy director of the Navy’s Assessment Division & Capability Analysis Group, he developed and led the Navy’s analytic studies used to set the Navy budget, provided oversight for the Navy’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center, set the study agenda for the Naval Studies Board, established the Navy’s world-class modeling program, and represented the Navy in senior modeling and analysis communities.
Earlier assignments included the Chief of Naval Operation’s single point of contact for all readiness issues, frequently preparing Navy leadership to brief the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress, and the president; senior systems engineering and analysis positions in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; and major program acquisition experience at the Naval Sea Systems Command, successfully shepherding a new program from concept definition to initial production and introduction to the fleet. He began his career as a co-op student at a Navy laboratory conducting acoustic testing. Mr. Melcher is the recipient of two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and one Superior Civilian Service Award.
He holds certificates in national and international security from the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Seminar XXI. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager’s course, is certified as a Level III Acquisition Professional, and has completed extensive course work in engineering management at the George Washington University.
Mr. Melcher earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.
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