Starnes E. Walker III
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane, S&T MS 0217
Washington, D.C. 20528
Starnes Walker is Director of Research in the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. He oversees the Office of National Laboratories, the Office of University Programs for the DHS Centers of Excellence, and the Academic Fellowship and Scholarship Program Office. Dr. walker joined the S&T Directorate in January, 2007 from the Office of Naval Research, where he was Technical Director and Chief Scientist for the Naval S&T program. He also served as the Technical Director and Chief Scientist reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Research. Working with the CNR, Dr. Walker was responsible for structuring and leading an S&T organization that ensures technological superiority for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Dr. Walker's budget authority was annually $2.2 billion, plus an additional average Congressional increase of $700million, and Dr. Walker supervised a workforce of 5500 civilian and military personnel for ONR and the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Walker's leadership spanned the university community, the government laboratory structure, industry, and international government defense organizations to bring their resources and technical capabilities into the Naval S&T program, thereby ensuring strategic Naval capabilities to the future and avoiding technological surprise for the nation. Dr. Walker's previous position was as the Acting Associate Laboratory Director for National Security, serving as the National Security Coordinator at Argonne National Laboratory. Most recently, Dr. Walker served on the DoD's Defense Science Board in the Summer Study to define Future Strategic Strike Systems with STRATCOM as the COCOM sponsor. Dr. Walker is a former member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency from 2000-2003. Dr. Walker was a standing member of the Defense Science and Technology Advisory Group for DDR&E in OSD. He started his career at the Naval Weapons Center-Corona Laboratories in 1968 as a research physicist. In 1970 he joined the Naval Weapons Center-China Lake. In 1973, Dr. Walker joined Phillips Petroleum as a research physicist. Advancing to a senior scientist position, he founded and directed programs in physics, technology, nuclear weapons support, energy, and bioengineering, as well as an ending assignment serving as the environmental director for operations. From 1992 to 1998, he served as Vice President-Technology for Morrison Knudsen Corporation with responsibility for developing new technology and engineering partnerships with the DoD, State, and National Laboratories. From 1998 to 1999, Dr. Walker led a team with British Nuclear Fuels Limited that successfully developed a new process from an R&D platform through pilot plant demonstration for the chemical separation of transuranics. Dr. Walker has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of California. He has an Honorary Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Dr. Walker is Chairman of the Joint Laboratory Board of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), previously known as the JIEDD Task Force. He also serves as Chairman of the Engineering Development Board of the University of Missouri-Rolla and as a Guest Scientist to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Walker served as Science Advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and led a tritium production R&D program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. As a distinguished member and Senior Advisor for S&T, Dr. Walker was awarded in 2002 the DTRA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He received the R&D 100 Award in 1980 and he has served on the Air Force Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences Committees, and Institute of Chemical Waste Management Steering Committee. His team, for their leadership in Project Sapphire, received a Presidential Citation from the White House. Dr. Walker has widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, and optics, with numerous patents issued. He was a Navy Fellow and recipient of three consecutive Naval Weapons Fellowship awards. Dr. Walker is a member of the American Physical Society and American Nuclear Society.