Dr. Craig Arndt

Director, Programs Division

Dr. Craig Arndt is the Technical Director for Homeland Security Programs at MITRE. Dr. Arndt has extensive experience as a senior executive and technology leader in the research, engineering and defense industries, with experience as an innovative leader in industry, academia and government. Before coming to MITRE Dr. Arndt served as Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Systems Engineering at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). At DAU Dr. Arndt led the development of advanced technical training classes and provided high-level consulting on technical development issues to the highest level of DoD and government acquisition leaders. He led policy development of the University’s research activities and was part of the University’s award-winning executive coaching program.

As a senior scientist at the Air Force Labs and the Air Force Institute of Technology, Dr. Arndt led the development of advanced control systems, as well as imaging and modeling systems for aircraft, smart bombs and aircraft systems. As an engineer, scientist, inventor and engineering manager at several defense contractors, Dr. Arndt was responsible for developing a wide range of communications, identification and counter terrorism technologies and systems. As a Naval Officer, Craig was an Engineering Duty Officer serving at Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.  Dr. Arndt has led and managed business units, companies and engineering organizations of all sizes throughout the U.S. and internationally. As a program manager Dr. Arndt has managed programs ranging from research grants to Category 1D major DoD acquisitions. Dr. Arndt is recognized as an international expert in biometric systems, human computer interface and human centered systems, image and signal processing, artificial intelligence and Intellectual Property management. As an active member of the academic and professional community, he has served as a technical expert for the Army and Defense Science Boards, the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group, the National Science Foundation, the International Standards Organization, the IEEE and other public and private technical organizations, and several universities.

Dr. Arndt holds five university degrees including: a Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton; a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Navy War College; a Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering; a Master of Science in Systems Engineering, from Wright State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University. Dr. Arndt has published extensively and holds six U.S. patents.

Dr. Arndt is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Certified Human Factors Professional, a Certified Biometrics Professional and holds acquisition certifications in systems engineering, science and technology management, test and evaluation, and program management.

Dr. Arndt is married to Ms. Dorothy Becker and has two children and three grandchildren.