Michael Zatman, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications Technology (FNC3)
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E))


Dr. Michael Zatman became the Assistant Director for Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering on January 22nd 2019. In that capacity Michael is responsible for leading the Nation's vision and strategy for networking, command, control and communications to support and enhance the Department’s warfighting capability.
During his career Michael has provided both organizational and technical leadership to the creation, development and fielding of new technologies, the solving of complicated technical problems and the optimization of multi-faceted system and platform concepts. He is a nationally recognized expert in communications, radar, sensor and electronic warfare systems with an extensive knowledge and understanding of ground, sea, air and space based communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

Prior to joining the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Michael was a fellow at SAZE Technologies from 2012 to 2018. From 2007 to 2012 Michael was Technical Director of QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, where he was responsible for technical innovation and competency across a wide range of C4ISR, maritime and transportation projects. Additionally, he was the principal investigator for several new Navy, DARPA, IARPA and Air Force programs. Michael came to QinetiQ North America from DARPA where he spent four years as a Program Manager running programs and studies involving space, airborne and ground-based platforms, radar, communications, signal/electronic/communications intercept, optical sensors, multi-functional structures and quantum theory. Earlier in his career Michael worked at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he led multi-organizational & multi-disciplinary teams to design future surface radar, airborne radar and communications systems, developed signal processing algorithms and performed system engineering analysis for Air Force, Navy and MDA radar and communications systems.

Michael has authored over 65 technical publications, two book chapters and received multiple patents. Michael received his PhD and BEng (Hons – 1st Class) degrees from the University of Leeds and was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2007.


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