In the NewsNov 17, 2021
It’s time to modernize the US R&D ecosystem and unleash local innovation
By Borja Prado
"It is time for the government to ensure the translation of cutting-edge scientific knowledge into solutions for local and regional problems prioritized by communities across America." Read Nonresident Senior Fellow, Melissa Flagg, on her latest essay for Issues magazine.
In the NewsNov 10, 2021
Melissa Flagg on revamping the US federal government’s R&D strategy
By Maxwell Kushnir
Nonresident Senior Fellow Melissa Flagg on re-energizing the United States' domestic innovation capacity and solidifying its position as the global leader in technology.
Event RecapMar 11, 2021
Event recap | The GeoTech Decade ahead
By The GeoTech Center
On Thursday, March 11, panelists gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center and discuss the “GeoTech Decade” ahead: what it means, what it could look like, and how it will affect us all. This date also represents the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, an event that has demonstrated to the world that choices regarding data and tech infrastructure and digital literacy significantly change our communities’ preparedness, resilience, and recovery from such an event.
Dr. Melissa Flagg joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research on October 26, 2015. Dr. Flagg was responsible for policy and oversight of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T) programs from Basic Research through Advanced Technology Development. She was also responsible for oversight of DoD Laboratories, ensuring the long-term strategic direction of the Department’s S&T programs, and for developing those technologies needed for continued technological superiority of US forces.
Before assuming this position, Flagg was a senior program officer within the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows program with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Fellows program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits across all disciplines and endeavors.
Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Flagg served as the director for the Office of Technical Intelligence within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. From 2001 to 2009, Flagg served in roles within the Office of Naval Research and the US Department of State leading efforts on global technology awareness, technical intelligence, and international S&T cooperation.
Flagg has served on a range of Boards including the Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee at the Department of Commerce, the National Academy of Sciences Air Force Studies Board, and served as executive secretary for the Defense Science Board. She also served as the chief technology officer of a small startup company, PocketTea LLC from 2014 to 2015.