Brig. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes serves as the Commanding General of the Natick Soldier Systems Center and as the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Deputy Commanding General. RDECOM is the Army's key research, development and engineering organization.

Hughes earned his commission in the U.S. Army Field Artillery branch through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983.

His assignments include serving as a fire direction officer with the 8th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Europe, Germany; an instructor, at the U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla.; Commander, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, III Corps Artillery, Fort Sill; Fire Direction Officer, 75th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery, Fort Sill and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Saudi Arabia; MILSTAR Project Officer, U.S. Army Element Air Force Activity, Washington, D.C. with duty at Los Angeles Air Force Base; Liaison Officer, Program Manager Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems, later Assistant Project Manager, Deep Strike Systems, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, and Communications, Fort Sill; Patriot Advanced Capability Requirements/Simulation Integration Officer, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala.; Project Manager, Fire Support, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, and Communications Systems, Fort Monmouth, N.J.; Deputy for Ballistic Missile Defense Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.; Project Manager, Joint Tactical Radio Systems, Ground Domain, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, and Communications (Tactical), Fort Monmouth, N.J.; Deputy Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information System, Fort Belvoir, Va.; Deputy Program Executive Officer, Integration (Networks), Washington, D.C.; Director, System of Systems Integration, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The general earned a master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University and a master of science degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. Hughes is also a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Space and Missile Badge and Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.

Hughes is married with two grown children.