Mike E. White, SES

Principal Director, Hypersonics Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Michael E. White became the Assistant Director for Hypersonics (AD,H) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) on October 29, 2018. In that capacity Mr. White is responsible for leading the Nation’s vision and strategy for developing warfighting capability enabled by hypersonic systems, including; high speed strike systems, systems to defend against adversary hypersonic weapons, and future reusable global reach systems.

Before his OUSD position as AD, H, Mr. White was Sector Head for Air and Missile Defense at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he led over 1,100 staff members developing advanced concepts to enhance the Nation’s air and missile defense (AMD) capability for programs in the Navy and the Missile Defense Agency. His 37 year career at APL included over two decades of leadership developing hypersonic concepts and technologies, strike systems and air and missile defense capabilities.

Main Day One

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

11:00 Developing Hypersonic Systems to Bolster Warfighting Capability Immediately

  • Offensive priorities: the path ahead and 6-12 month priorities
  • US Hypersonic Vision & Strategy: S&T roadmap efforts
  • Addressing Service & Department-wide hypersonic needs