Joseph P. Lawrence III, PhD
Distinguished Research Fellow
Dr. Joseph P. Lawrence III is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National
Defense University (NDU) Center for Technology and National Security Policy.
He has a focus primarily on Science and Technology (S&T) transition policy
issues as they affect the Department of Navy and more broadly the Department
Prior to his 2012 IPA appointment to the NDU faculty, Dr. Lawrence from 2005
was the Director of Transition for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), responsible
for policy, planning, resourcing and execution management for a substantial
part of the DoN S&T budget including Future Naval Capabilities (FNC), DoN
Small Business Innovative Research, and DoN Manufacturing Technology programs.
Dr. Lawrence served as the Associate Technical Director of ONR from 2004 through
2005. He had direct responsibility for all transitioning S&T in DoN. He
engineered a major revision of DoN S&T, moving requirements definition and
selection authority for over 30% of the DoN S&T programs from within ONR
to a Technical Oversight Group (OPNAV N8, CG MCCDC, DC FFC, PDASN RDA, CNR).
On behalf of CNR, he negotiated with ASN RDA for a major reorganization of ONR
(current structure) in 2005.
Dr. Lawrence was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2001, with
initial assignment as ONR Director: Surveillance, Communications, and Electronic
Combat Division. His duties included planning and execution management of all
DoN S&T in the areas of radar, EO/IR sensing, communications, electronic
warfare and navigation (including GPS). He also was the S&T manager for
the Fleet/Force Protection FNC program responsible for the development and execution
of a $100M/year program intended to transition emerging technologies into the
DoN acquisition community, or directly to the fleet/force, within a three to
five year horizon.
From1991 to 2001, Dr. Lawrence was Head: Surface Electronic Warfare Systems
Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). This 40 person technical team
was industrial-funded and was responsible for RDT&E leading to new/ improved
electronic warfare systems for Naval forces. He proposed and completed 4 DoN
Advanced Technology Development programs. He served a 9 month detail as the
Director of a Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis (COEA) for a major
SOCOM acquisition program. Dr. Lawrence had joined the NRL as an undergraduate,
working in increasingly more responsible positions with the Radar and then the
Tactical EW Divisions.
Dr. Lawrence attended the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating
with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering. He holds a Master of Science
in Engineering from Princeton University, and a PhD in Communications and Control
Systems Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Lawrence was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service
Award in 2011, the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal in
2008, and was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in September