Charles Clancy, John Wilson, and Christina Orfanos

MITRE Establishes MITRE Labs to Accelerate Innovation and Disruptive Solutions in the Public Interest

Three leaders promoted to executive roles in R&D, IT, and HR.

McLean, Va., and Bedford, Mass., July 14, 2020—MITRE established MITRE Labs, restructuring research and development (R&D) capabilities and talent to further extend our impact across federally funded R&D centers and in collaboration with academia and industry.

Charles Clancy was named senior vice president, chief futurist, and general manager of MITRE Labs, which comprises nearly 50 percent of the workforce, to deliver solutions-driven innovation. In this new role, he is responsible for sparking innovative disruption, accelerating risk-taking and discovery, and delivering real-time technology capabilities and execution through labs, platforms, and the MITRE Fellows program.

“MITRE has been tackling complex threats facing our nation throughout our history. With crises and world events unfolding in ways that nobody expects, we pivot quickly, and proactively lead in the public interest,” said Jason Providakes, president and CEO. “Our response to COVID-19 highlighted these strengths, and the creation of MITRE Labs will position our R&D capabilities and world-class talent to anticipate future disruptions and business innovations to better deliver on our mission of solving problems for a safer world.”

Clancy is an internationally recognized expert on topics at the intersection of wireless, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. He joined MITRE in May 2019 and previously served as vice president for Intelligence Programs.

John Wilson is now vice president, chief information and security officer, a role he has been serving in an interim capacity since November. He leads MITRE’s Enterprise Computing, Information and Security organization and is responsible for advancing MITRE’s intelligent enterprise, information security, as well as overseeing the company’s business transformation. Wilson joined MITRE in 1983 and most recently was vice president for the company’s technical centers.

Christina Orfanos has been promoted into the role of vice president, Talent Experience & Total Rewards. She is responsible for managing the strategy, planning, development, implementation, and administration of MITRE’s talent program. Orfanos joined MITRE in 2018 and most recently served as director of Talent Strategy and Integration.


MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.

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