Charles Clancy, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, General Manager, MITRE Labs, Chief Futurist

Charles Clancy is senior vice president, general manager of MITRE labs, and chief futurist. He is responsible for sparking innovative disruption, accelerating risk-taking and discovery, and delivering real-time technology capabilities and execution through the company’s laboratories, solution platforms, and MITRE Fellows program. He leads technical innovation to anticipate and meet the future demands of government sponsors and industry and academic partners.

Clancy is an internationally recognized expert on topics at the intersection of wireless, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.  He currently serves as a member of the AFCEA intelligence committee, INSA advisory committee, and CNAS task force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

Before joining MITRE in 2019 as vice president for intelligence programs, Clancy served as the Bradley Professor of Cybersecurity at Virginia Tech, and executive director at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. There, he led Virginia Tech’s research and experiential learning programs in defense and intelligence.

Clancy started his career at the National Security Agency, filling a variety of research, engineering, and operations roles, with a focus on wireless communications. He has co-authored more than 250 patents and academic publications, as well as six books. An avid entrepreneur, he co-founded several venture-backed security startup companies that apply commercial innovation to national security challenges. Clancy has previously been heavily involved in wireless security protocol standardization and held leadership positions within the internet Engineering Task Force, Wireless Innovation Forum, and the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois At Urbana-champaign, and a Ph.D. In computer science from the University of Maryland College Park.