Dr. Starnes Walker

Global Strategy Officer-Defense & Homeland Security, ANDE Corporation

Alexandria, VA


About Dr. Starnes Walker

Dr. Starnes Walker is the Global Strategy Officer for Defense and Homeland Security that includes responsibilities for the DoD, DHS and the IC with ANDE Corporation now providing Rapid DNA capabilities to the military, the IC, OGAs, and law enforcement to enhance national security on a global basis and with international partners.

Prior he served as the Founding Director of the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative (UDCSI)-University of Delaware, with a key focus on corporate cybersecurity addressing present and emerging cyber threats and a special emphasis on the banking/financial, energy, chemical, and electrical grid industrial sectors. The UDCSI incorporates advances in education and research, as well as training and certification programs for corporate, Government and military personnel. Previously Dr. Walker served as the Chief Technology Officer & Technical Director for Cyber for the U.S. Navy in the SES billet to stand-up the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and the U.S. 10th Fleet. In this role, Dr. Walker had responsibility for all technical activities that spanned inter-governmental and international outreach of the Command with a combined military and civilian workforce of 18,000 personnel. Previously to this assignment the DHS Secretary and Under Secretary of Science and Technology recruited Dr. Walker to serve as the Department of Homeland Security’s Director of Research. As Director of Research, Dr. Walker had responsibility for the Office of National Laboratories, the Office of University Programs that included the DHS Centers of Excellence, the 4 DHS in-house laboratories and T&E Centers, and the Academic Fellowship and Scholarship Program Office. Additionally, Walker served as the Department’s senior S&T leadership executive to OSTP, the Congress, the IC, and OGOs internationally. He joined the S&T Directorate in January 2007. Prior to this, Dr. Walker joined the Office of Naval Research in September 2004 in the SES billet and served as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Research (CNR). Working with the CNR, Dr. Walker was responsible for structuring and leading an S&T organization that ensures technological superiority for the Navy and Marine Corps. Dr. Walker’s budget authority was annually $2,200M, plus an additional average Congressional plus-up of $700M, and he served in a supervisory role for a workforce of 5494 civilian and military for ONR and ONR’s Corporate Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Walker’s leadership spanned the university community, the government laboratory structure, industry, and international government defense organizations to bring their resources and technical capabilities into the Naval S&T program, thereby ensuring strategic Naval capabilities to the future and avoiding technological surprise for the nation. His previous position was the founding Associate Laboratory Director for National Security and served as the National Security Coordinator at Argonne National Laboratory. Earlier activities included serving on the DoD’s Defense Science Board’s Summer Study to define Future Strategic Strike Systems with STRATCOM as the COCOM sponsor. Dr. Walker is a former member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the Senior Advisor for Science & Technology to stand up the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) from 1999-2003. In this role he served as a standing member of the Defense Science & Technology Advisory Group (DSTAG) for the Director of Research & Engineering (DR&E) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and served as the senior S&T executive at OSD along with S&T Executives of the Services, DIA, DARPA, MDA, and the Deputy Under Secretary for S&T. In each of these positions he developed critical programs and aligned strategic defense, homeland security, and intelligence organizations across the U.S. and around the globe while forging key partnerships with the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Sweden, the European Union and NATO. Earlier industry posts included Morrison Knudsen’s Vice President of Technology and Phillips Petroleum’s senior technical fellow (Senior Research Associate). During his long career at Phillips Dr. Walker completed his tenure as the Corporate Environmental Director that followed his earlier career successes focusing on starting and leading the magnetic confinement fusion program at General Atomics for energy and defense/nuclear weapons applications, developing alternate energy processes (solar), and launching a strategic biotechnology initiative with The Salk Institute. His Phillips career began in refining/petrochemical plant operations and development of enhanced process control systems. Dr. Walker started his career as a physicist at the Naval Weapons Center-China Lake.

During his tenure with Government, Dr. Walker was appointed to lead strategic initiatives. These posts include an appointment by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to serve as Chairman-Joint Laboratory Board of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). He served as a Member of the Executive Steering Group to establish the Joint Technology Office-High Energy Laser (JTO-HEL) Program under the auspices of DoD’s Under Secretary-AT&L. Dr. Walker now serves as a standing Member supporting the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Board and just completed his term on the Air Force Studies Board representing The National Academies.  Additionally, Dr Walker serves as a Member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group (https://www.aspeninstitute.org/team/homeland-security-group/), Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Science Advisory Board, Senior Advisor-NNSA’s National Security Campus, and Chairman of the Engineering Development Board of the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). Previous board level positions include as a Member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Strategic Advisory Group and Purdue University’s Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council.  Additionally, he served as a Member-US Air Force Cyber Vision 2025 Senior Expert Review. Earlier, Dr. Walker served as Science Advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as led the tritium production program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. As a Senior Executive Service member in helping to stand-up DTRA, Dr. Walker was the recipient of the distinguished DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and in leading his team at Morrison Knudsen, for their achievement in Project Sapphire to acquire FSU U-235, they received a Presidential Citation from the White House. Dr. Walker has widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, optics, and signal processing with numerous patents issued. He was a Navy Fellow and recipient of three consecutive Naval Weapons Fellowship awards and he is a standing member of the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society, and The Cosmos Club.

Dr. Walker holds a B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California and an Honorary Degree in Nuclear Engineering-University of Missouri-Rolla. Active Clearances:  DoD TS/SCI w poly, DOE “Q”