Mission Area Executive, Homeland Protection
Andrew C. Oak is the mission area executive for Homeland Protection at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). He oversees research and development to protect the nation from asymmetric threats that include chemical and biological attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and foreign intelligence operations. Previously, Mr. Oak served as APL’s acting mission area executive for Special Operations, where he defined strategy and directed execution of research and development in service to sponsors across the Department of Defense, national intelligence, and countering weapons of mass destruction communities. Earlier in his APL career, Mr. Oak held a variety of technical leadership and supervisory roles spanning the communications and cyber domains. He served on the Radio Frequency Panel of the National Intelligence University’s Emerging Technologies Conference on Foundational Cyber Technology, on a Defense Science Board panel addressing cyber supply-chain issues, and as a member of the board of directors for the National Institute for Hometown Security. Mr. Oak joined APL in 1996, after earning an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.