Army selects new leader for investments in innovative science

By CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public AffairsApril 29, 2019

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- The U.S. Army selected Dr. Barton H. Halpern as director of the Army Research Office. Halpern will lead an organization of more than 100 staff members, scientists and engineers who manage the Army's extramural research program to create new and innovative scientific discoveries that will enable crucial future Army technologies and capabilities.

With this position, the Army also named Halpern as a member of the Senior Executive Service. The SES was designed by Congress to be an elite corps of managers and administrators charged with running the federal government. In the Army, senior executives are the civilian counterparts of general officers.

ARO, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory known as ARL.

"We are excited to have Dr. Halpern join our team to lead the Army Research Office," said ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti. "Under his leadership, the Army Research Office will continue to drive revolutionary scientific discoveries that will provide the Army with significant advances in operations capabilities through high-risk, high pay-off research opportunities."

Army-funded research is conducted at more than 220 universities across the country and around the world and focuses on increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in the engineering, physical, life, mathematical, computer, information, and social sciences, related to long-term national security needs.

The Army has funded the research behind 24 Nobel Laureates.

ARO has a research portfolio that exceeds $450 million, including more than 1,000 single investigator research projects, more than 40 multidisciplinary research centers and two University Affiliated Research Centers. ARO also manages the Small Business Technology Transfer Program and Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minorities Institutions Programs.

"ARO's role in the future of the Army is crucial for warfighting outcomes," Halpern said. "ARO provides the foundational investments and scientific subject matter expertise to enable critical innovation. I am thrilled to be able to lead such a fine organization in response to the Army's priorities."

Halpern has more than thirty years of experience in federal government program management with the Department of Defense and private industry.

For the past decade, Halpern served in the Joint Service Small Arms Program Office at the CCDC Armaments Center located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Most recently, in a dual role as the chief technology officer for Small Arms and the NATO chairman for the Dismounted Soldier, Weapons and Sensors Sub Group, he provided technical and programmatic advice, leading science and technology initiatives across the joint services and international research and development programs.

Halpern earned a doctorate in organization management from Capella University, a master of science in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford.


CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

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