Heidi Shyu

Golden Defense

Heidi Shyu is undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and the Pentagon’s chief technology officer. She is charged with helping the U.S. military maintain its edge by overseeing R&D and prototyping of next-generation capabilities, in partnership with industry, academia and other innovators. As CTO, she has expanded the list of critical technology areas the department is focusing on to address challenges in both the near term and long term. Many of her signature initiatives, such as the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve, are intended to facilitate the transition of promising capabilities and get them into the hands of warfighters faster.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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