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G. Derrick Hinton, principal deputy director, Test Resource Management Center, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Department of Defense
G. Derrick Hinton has spent 22 years with the federal service and made far-reaching contributions to homeland security and defense. As a young engineer, he developed a modeling and simulation technique that resulted in significant improvement to defense munitions test capability. As program manager he managed two major research, development, test, and evaluation investment programs that have resulted in modernization of test infrastructure at test and evaluation ranges and facilities.
Hinton now leads an organization that has oversight of a $40 billion test and evaluation infrastructure. He is a co-lead of a $250 million study to identify efficiency in the test and evaluation enterprise. This will allow the defense department to identify advanced war fighting capabilities. In line with the department's science, technology, engineering and math outreach strategic plan, Hinton works closely with historically Black colleges and universities and minority institutions to mentor as well as provide opportunities for training, internships and careers in science and technology within the DOD.
Early on in his career, Hinton recognized that the goals of the department's test and evaluation science and technology program coincided with the department's science and technology objectives to stay ahead of the curve. Under his leadership, the defense department's Test and Evaluation/Science and Technology program has grown from $6 million to a $100 million investment program. The goal is to expose qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students to the test and evaluation (T&E) community in hopes of someday recruiting them into the T&E government workforce.
Embedded within are efforts to expand the department's ability to provide T&E support in hypersonic, unmanned and autonomous systems, directed energy, spectrum efficiency and multi-spectral sensors. Looking to the future, Hinton is laying the foundation to develop test technology areas such as electronic warfare systems and cyber operations. Hinton's initiatives will ensure the DOD has test-evaluation capabilities to provide timely information to decision makers and war fighters.
To date, Hinton's efforts have guided research at Morgan State University and North Carolina A&T to funding through the Department of Defense Test and Resource Management Center. Over the last eight years, the center has sponsored $600 million in test and technology development projects; 37 projects were led by a university. Hinton earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama in 1989 and master's degree in public administration from Troy State University.
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