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.