Science and Technology Policy Analyst
Center for National Security
The MITRE Corporation
Mr. Blackburn joined MITRE (a not-for-profit operator of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers) in November of 2011, where he provides technical, strategic, and policy guidance to a number of federal government organizations and MITRE executives.
Mr. Blackburn’s most recent prior appointment was in White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2004-2011), where he served as the Assistant Director for Identity Management and Homeland Security. In this senior-level, non-political, position he was responsible for the federal government's identity management and homeland security S&T enterprises. His work can be grouped into two broad categories: first, to lead the coordination of the executive branch's S&T activities on multiple priority topics for the administration (biometrics, identity management, forensic science, explosives, human factors and overall homeland security S&T strategy) through the National Science and Technology Council; second, to serve as the primary S&T official on operational policy development/setting activities of the White House on all USG identity and homeland security matters (outside CBRN), such as Assistant Secretarylevel Interagency Policy Committees of the Homeland and National Security Councils.
While at OSTP, Mr. Blackburn influenced the conceptualization and implementation of national policies and federal systems during a period of transformation unprecedented in the nation’s history. He has unparalleled experience leading interagency teams of senior federal officials and appointees in the development and implementation of whole-of-government S&T strategies within the homeland security and identity management enterprises. He was also a respected thought leader, consensus-builder, trusted advisor, and mentor in the field of biometrics, having led the community’s maturation into serving a foundational role in law enforcement and homeland/national security missions.
Prior to joining OSTP, Mr. Blackburn served as a RDT&E program manager at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Institute of Justice and the DoD Counterdrug Technology Development Program Office. He was a finalist for a 2002 Service to America Medal, established and led an interagency team that received the 2009 National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, and was the executive producer of a strategic communications campaign that received a 2012 Communicator Award of Excellence from the International Academy of Visual Arts. He was one of twelve individuals, selected based on results of a targeted analysis, whose leadership approach was studied by the Partnership for Public Service to identify the critical attributes found within the nation’s highest-performing public servants.
Mr. Blackburn holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and has developed and delivered leadership courses at the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Executive Institute.