Jean Charles Ledé

Jean Charles Ledé

Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office

Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)


Jean-Charles Ledé is a Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office. He is responsible for developing advanced autonomy and other technologies for unmanned aircraft systems for reconnaissance and strike applications and counter UAS projects. His programs include Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE), Mobile Force Protection, Centralized Control of Commercial Drones (C3D), Aerospace Technologies for the Next Generation of Unmanned Aircraft (ATNGUA), Liberator, and Lynx. He also leads the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program for the Defense Sciences Office and oversees seedlings and SBIR efforts related to the main programs for both offices ranging from advanced aerodynamics to propulsion and advanced payloads.

Employment History:

2013 – Present Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

2010 – 2013 Director Autonomous, Unmanned Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems, Arizona

2008 – 2010 Vice President, Advanced Concepts, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Virginia

1995 – 2008 Manager/Chief Engineer, Development Programs of Manned or Unmanned Aircraft and Subsystems, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Virginia

1993 – 1995 Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Virginia


MS Aeronautics Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (a.k.a Sup’Aéro)

BA Mathematics Ecole Preparatoire Malherbes

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