McLean, Va., and Bedford, Mass., Feb. 3, 2020–MITRE has named Eliahu H. Niewood vice president of joint and cross-cutting capabilities. In this new role, Niewood leads coordination and collaboration across MITRE’s national security portfolios to shape major cross-functional and joint/multi-agency initiatives that address significant national security challenges.
Niewood will also work closely with MITRE’s Center for Technology and National Security to build internal wargaming, table-top exercises, and concept of operations (CONOPs) capabilities. He will continue to focus on developing talent and increasing mission value.
"Eli brings outstanding domain expertise and strategic vision to this new leadership position," said Jason Providakes, MITRE president and CEO. "He's worked tirelessly to develop, implement, and track the impact of cross-cutting programs. Eli also built a new analysis team, expanding its work across national security to space control, and air and missile defense."
Niewood joined MITRE in 2017, bringing rich experience in systems analysis and tactical systems technologies. He has directed work in developing a new generation of command and control technology for the Department of Defense (DoD). He also led MITRE’s efforts in helping the national security community use emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to solve critical mission problems. Niewood has served as technical director for the Cross-cutting Urgent Innovation Cell, where he revamped the DoD-funded National Security Engineering Center’s analysis capabilities in ways that will provide lasting benefits.
Previously, Niewood was a technical adviser to the director of the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. He also served as head of the Engineering Division at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he led a staff of nearly 400 and oversaw mechanical, aerospace, and control systems engineers building space payloads and aircraft sensor systems.
From 2011-2014, Niewood served as chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, a Federal Advisory Committee comprised of 50 national experts in science and technology fields. He also served as a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on unexploded ordnance.
Niewood holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, all in aeronautics and astronautics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.