Dr. Steven Walker, director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, was presented with a Wash100 award at the Defense Research and Development Summit hosted by the Potomac Officers Club on January 31st. The Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena.
Dr. Walker was selected for the Wash100 for his effective program management and leadership as the director of DARPA. The award was presented to Dr. Walker by Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic CEO and Wash100 founder.
Dr. Walker was the opening keynote speaker for the Defense Research and Development Summit, where he spoke about cutting-edge technologies such as long-range anti-ship missiles, hypersonic technologies, advanced prosthetics, gene editing, and plant-based sensors. Dr. Walker also spoke about how DARPA tests its new technologies, “We’re testing these technologies under controlled experimental conditions, where we’re looking to understand how the technology works and whether its capable of moving in a direction where we know how to stop, and where the brakes are,” he said. “This is an important space for DARPA to operate in, to understand what is out there, how it works, what’s coming and how to defeat it.”
Dr. Walker was assigned DARPA director in November 2017 after holding the position on an interim basis beginning in January 2017. He has more than 30 years of public sector experience, including 13 years of service at DARPA in roles such as deputy director, director of the Tactical Technology Office, deputy director of TTO and program manager.
About The Wash100:
This year represents the fifth annual Wash100 award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement, and vision. Visitors to wash100.com can sign in and vote for the executives they believe will have the greatest impact on government contracting in the coming year.