Mitre said Thursday LaPlante will lead efforts toÂ increaseÂ the organization’sÂ strategic value across its Defense Department, intelligence and cybersecurity portfolios.
CNS is comprised of two Mitre-operated, federally funded research and development centers called the National Security Engineering Center and the National Cybersecurity FFRDC.
LaPlante rejoined Mitre in 2015Â to manageÂ its NSEC’sÂ intelligence portfolio after he served asÂ assistant secretary for acquisition at the U.S. Air Force.
As assistant secretary for acquisition, LaPlanteÂ oversaw Air Force research, development and acquisition activities as well asÂ a program portfolio of more than $32 billion annually.
He previously served asÂ portfolio director for Mitre’s work with theÂ Missile Defense Agency, where heÂ led a team that provides analytic and systems engineering supportÂ for ballistic missile defense systems.
LaPlante is also a member of the Defense Science Board and a commissioner on Congress’ Section 809 Panel.