Kerry Buckley

Kerry Buckley, Ph.D.

Vice President, Center for Advanced Aviation System Development

Kerry Buckley is vice president, Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD), the federally funded research and development center that MITRE operates for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this role, she leads MITRE’s domestic and international civil aviation, aviation/aerospace, and transportation strategic and business operations, with a focus on advancing the safety, security, effectiveness, and efficiency of aerospace and transportation systems in the United States and around the globe. The work builds upon MITRE’s decades-long legacy and partnership with the FAA and other partner federal agencies in the National Airspace System, including the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security, and National Transportation Safety Board.

Buckley was previously vice president, Air and Space Forces, for MITRE National Security, the division MITRE operates to develop solutions for DoD agencies, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Justice. Buckley set strategy and priorities ensuring that MITRE delivered technical capabilities and Air Force mission objectives. These include the Air Force’s critical needs in space warfighting, air operations, nuclear enterprise modernization, cyber operations, and joint lethality in contested environments. She also served as MITRE’s vice president for Intelligence Programs and directed MITRE’s Information Technology Technical Center. 

An expert in organizational sciences, Buckley focused heavily on a systems science approach to social, behavioral, and linguistic issues of national importance. She applied organizational planning and performance measurement knowledge to information sharing, enterprise IT, and collaboration initiatives for agencies across the U.S. government. 

Buckley was the director of business process research at Veridian Corporation, a unit of General Dynamics. She also was an industrial/organizational psychologist for the Human Resources Research Organization, supporting projects for the U.S. Army. In addition, Buckley served as a personnel psychologist at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. 

Buckley is a 2022 Federal 100 award winner for her leadership in building a foundation for public and private cooperation in the space domain. Aviation Week magazine named her among its 2022 Laureates for leading a team that developed a space risk registry and management system. The system simulates the crowded environment between the ground and outer space. 

Buckley earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and statistics from Boston University. She also holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from The George Washington University.