Mark Bernstein

Marc D. Bernstein

Principal Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Dr. Marc D. Bernstein is a member of the Principal Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He recently completed an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment with the Department of the Air Force where he served as the Chief Scientist under the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and worked in the Office of the Chief Architect of the Department of the Air Force. He provided technical leadership and advice for Department of the Air Force efforts such as the Advanced Battle Management System.

Previously, Dr. Bernstein was the Associate Director of Lincoln Laboratory from July 2009 until July 2019. In this role Dr. Bernstein oversaw the execution of the Laboratory’s technical programs; helped develop the Laboratory Strategic Plan; chaired the Laboratory’s Mission Assurance Board; developed overarching Laboratory policies and procedures; and supported the day to day operation of an advanced research and development facility with 4000 personnel and over 2 million square feet of laboratory and program development space.

He has been an active researcher in ballistic missile defense since 1987, when he joined Lincoln Laboratory as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. His research areas have encompassed radar and optical sensor algorithm development and testing, as well as integrated system performance. In 2003, Dr. Bernstein was selected for an IPA assignment with the Missile Defense Agency. His initial assignment was with the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Joint Program Office as the Director of Future Block Plans and Integration and in 2004 he was promoted to the position of Deputy of Technology and Development for the GMD Joint Program Office. In this role, he served as the program’s senior technical advisor and oversaw all GMD development. From 2005 to June 2007, he served in Huntsville, Alabama; Washington, DC; and Hanscom Air Force Base as the Chief Scientist for the GMD program. After this IPA assignment, he was appointed in 2007 as the Head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division at Lincoln Laboratory.

Upon completion of his previous IPA assignment, Dr. Bernstein received an Exceptional Public Service Medal from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Washington. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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