Greg K. Crawford, Ph.D.
Vice President, Joint & Services Portfolio, National Security Engineering Center, MITRE National Security
Gregory K. Crawford is the vice president for the Joint and Services Portfolio in the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC) at MITRE. The NSEC is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Department of Defense and operated within the MITRE National Security (MNS) Sector.
Crawford works with the DoD to align MITRE’s work program with defense priorities. He leads MITRE’s support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, the Army, and the Navy, as well as the Missile Defense Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Crawford is an internationally recognized authority on space physics and solar terrestrial physics, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensing and exploitation.
He also serves as the chair of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Naval Studies Board. The U.S. Navy relies on the board for independent counsel on areas involving the interplay of science and technical matters with other national issues.
Earlier, Crawford was vice president of MNS programs and technology, overseeing a 1,900-person staff that provides subject matter expertise for MITRE’s sponsors. He previously directed the Electronic Systems and Technologies Technical Center, which focuses on developing transformational capabilities and identifying new applications for existing capabilities in mission adaptive ISR, communications, and networking.
As a leader of MITRE's research in integrated sensing, processing, and exploitation, Crawford's efforts helped bridge capability gaps in support of the warfighter. He also promoted ISR integration across the DoD and the intelligence community. As project leader and chief engineer for space radar battle management command and control, Crawford and his team worked closely with the Air Force’s Space Radar Integrated Program Office leadership to address enterprise-level systems engineering issues.
He served as deputy program manager and a technical contributor on the Navy’s Littoral Surveillance and Reconnaissance System (LSRS) program. Crawford's team assisted in the system design and development of cutting-edge exploitation approaches for LSRS data. The team also developed novel enterprise systems engineering processes to support technology development, new technology transition and implementation, and performance characterization.
He holds bachelor's degrees from California State University, Fresno, in physics and chemistry with a minor in mathematics. At the University of California Los Angeles, he earned a master’s degree in geophysics and space physics and a doctoral degree in space plasma physics.