Battelle and Ohio State University haveÂ jointly hired Zachary Mears, former deputy chief of staff to the Defense Department secretary, Â to dual roles as an adviser atÂ theÂ nonprofit organization and assistant vice president for national security and research programs at the university.
HisÂ appointment works to establish a strategic relationship management plan onÂ national security research between Ohio State and Battelle, the nonprofitÂ said Wednesday.
“Zachâs expertise and leadership in national security and defense strategy will be invaluable to the university as we move to expand our partnerships across Ohio and with federal national security programs, ” saidÂ Caroline Whitacre, Ohio State senior vice president for research.
Mears’ DoD civilian service includes time asÂ chief of staff to the deputy defense secretary at theÂ Pentagon, where he provided advisory support onÂ national priorities and theirÂ implementation.
He hasÂ workedÂ asÂ theÂ Advanced Capability and Deterrence Panel director at DoD, helped develop the Third Offset StrategyÂ and advised the Defense Innovation Unit â Experimental group.