Dr. Donald M. Kerr


Dr. Donald M. Kerr is chairman of the Board of Trustees of The MITRE Corporation. He first joined the board in 2009, was named vice chairman in 2014, and elevated to chairman in 2018. Dr. Kerr has had a long and distinguished career in government and private industry. He is a director of Areté Associates; Michael Baker International, LLC; and Orbis Operations, LLC. He most recently served as principal deputy director of national intelligence, a position he held from October 2007 to January 2009. In March 2009, he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. From 2005 to 2007, he was the director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and served as the assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Intelligence Space Technology.

Dr. Kerr served as deputy director for science and technology at the CIA from 2001 to 2005. Prior to that, he was an assistant director of the FBI in charge of the laboratory division from 1997 to 2001. His earlier government service was with the Department of Energy (DOE), first in Las Vegas as deputy manager of Nevada Operations and subsequently in Washington, D.C., as the deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for Defense Programs and later for Energy Technology.

From 1979 to 1985, Dr. Kerr served as the fourth director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Prior to becoming director, he conducted and led LANL research in high-altitude weapons effects, nuclear test detection and analysis, weapons diagnostics, ionospheric physics, and alternative energy programs.

Dr. Kerr held several executive positions in the private sector, including executive vice president and director at Information Systems Laboratories, Inc., corporate executive vice president and director at Science Applications International Corporation, and president and director of EG&G, Inc.

A fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Kerr has published frequently on nuclear weapons efforts, national security and arms control, energy technology, and ionospheric research.

Dr. Kerr has received several awards for his public service, most recently the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He also has received the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the NRO Distinguished Service Medal, and the DOE Outstanding Service Award.

He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, a master's degree in microwave electronics, and a doctorate in plasma physics and microwave electronics from Cornell University.