DARPA releases plan for 'breakthrough' defense tech
March 26, 2015
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency unveiled its vision this week of America's future high-tech military superiority.
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President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jamie Morin to serve as the acting under secretary of the U.S. Air Force, effective immediately.
"I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference for the Air Force and our nation while also digging more deeply into critical issues like space programs, energy efficiency, DOD management reform, and the Air Force budget," Morin said. "It will be exciting to work even more closely with great professionals like Secretary Panetta, Deputy Secretary Carter, Secretary Donley, General Schwartz, General Breedlove and our outstanding Air Force leaders here on the Air Staff and around the globe."
Morin has served as the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (SAF/FM) since 2009.
Marilyn Thomas, principal deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, will perform Morin's duties in SAF/FM while he serves as under secretary, except those duties that require action by a Senate-confirmed presidential appointee.
Dr. Jamie M. Morin is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C. He serves as the Air Force's Chief Financial Officer and principal adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force on all financial matters. He is principally responsible for exercising the comptroller and financial management functions of the Air Force, which include preparation of the Air Force budget, directing cost and economic analysis programs and oversight of accounting and finance operations, systems and reporting. In this role, he oversees the financial management team responsible for providing financial management necessary for the effective and efficient use of Air Force resources, to include more than 680,000 military and civilian personnel and a budget of more than $119 billion.
From 2003 until his current appointment, Dr. Morin was a member of the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. In this capacity, he served as the committee's lead analyst for the defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs budgets, responsible for drafting the relevant sections of the congressional budget resolution and advising the Senate on enforcement of budget rules. Additionally, he advised the Chairman of the Budget Committee on the full range of national security issues.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Morin served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as an economic development strategist with the firm J.E. Austin Associates, where he worked on projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Morin's academic research focused on U.S. national security policy, particularly the role of Congress in defense budgeting and policy making. He held in-residence fellowships at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs and at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he conducted research for the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment. He also served as a policy adviser on President Obama's defense transition team. He was confirmed as the 21st Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller on June 19, 2009.
EDUCATION 1996 Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 1998 Master of Science degree in public administration and public policy, London School of Economics, England 2003 Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY 1. 1995 - 1997, economic development consultant, J.E. Austin Associates, Washington, D.C. 2. 1999, intern, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Washington, D.C. 3. 2000, economist and strategy specialist, J.E. Austin Associates, Washington, D.C. 4. 2001, visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Washington, D.C. 5. 2002 - 2003, national Fellow in Public Affairs, Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 6. 2003 - 2009, Senior Defense Analyst, U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, Washington, D.C. 7. 2009 - present, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS American Society of Military Comptrollers Term member, Council on Foreign Relations Air Force Association
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS Certified Defense Financial Manager