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Heid Shyu

Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Department of Defense

Federal Leadership

As the Department of Defense’s undersecretary for research and engineering, Heidi Shyu essentially serves as the chief technology officer of the DOD. In this role, she has a long list of priorities for the department’s adoption of advanced and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, hypersonics, next-generation telecommunications networks like 5G, microelectronics, network-of-network systems, quantum computing, and others. “Successful competition requires imagining our military capability as an ever-evolving collective, not a static inventory of weapons in development or sustainment,” Shyu said in early 2022.