Steven King

Steven King

Deputy Director for Cyber Technologies, USD(R&E)

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Dr. King is the Deputy Director for Cyber Technology in the Information Systems and Cyber Security Directorate of USD(R&E). His responsibilities include coordination of the DoD Science & Technology (S&T) investments in Cyber Security, Information Assurance (IA), and Cyber Operations, interagency S&T coordination/collaboration, and managing USD(R&E)’s cyber applied research program and cyber transition to practice initiative. He also has managed $6-13M per year of Cyber Small Business Innovation Research funds. Dr. King leads the transitioning of innovative cyber technology as part of the DoD Cyber Strategy.

Dr. King chaired the Cyber S&T Priority Steering Council which developed the first Cyber S&T Roadmap for the Department. He led efforts to create major new Cyber Security S&T Initiatives within DOD including new USD(R&E) research activities and major new funding at DARPA. He has led studies in support of the Cyber Investment Management Board, the Guidance for the Development of the Force (GDF), and the National Military Strategy for Cyber Operations Implementation Plan which resulted in new research initiatives on Cyber Conflict Defense. In 2001 he help initiate a $80M university research initiative for cyber security which results in hundreds of new Masters and Doctoral graduates in the field. He represents the DoD research community in numerous interagency and international forums.

Dr. King was trained as a research physicist specializing in basic and applied nuclear radiation detection, nuclear environmental studies and nuclear spectroscopy. He earned a B.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in nuclear physics both from Duke University. His career included stints as a senior scientist at Technicare in medical imaging, as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, and as a program manager within the U.S.-Russian Joint Commission under Vice President Gore and Prime Minister Chernomyrdin. Dr. King was the first Director of the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative (DeVenCI) which was created to explore ways to engage the Venture Capital community to identify and enable rapid insertion of emerging technology into DOD. He is the recipient of the DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Award and the DOD CIO Information Assurance Award. He has published 37 refereed papers and edited/sponsored several books on DoD information security research.