Army Research Laboratory welcomes new military deputy

February 03, 2015

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs Office

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory proudly welcomed Col. Kevin L. Ellison as the laboratory's new military deputy.

As the military deputy, Ellison's primary duties will be to serve as the director's principal military representative to the Warfighter. He will be directly responsible for facilitating the rapid development, deployment and integration of emerging technologies from the laboratory to the Warfighter.

Ellison will also assist in representing the capabilities and resources within ARL to the entire science and technology community to develop both evolutionary and revolutionary technologies in support of an Army across the full spectrum of operations.

Ellison views his new assignment as, "an opportunity to be a part of a very diverse and experienced leadership team that is mission focused on providing cutting-edge capabilities to the Warfighter."

He continued, "ARL will play a vital role with the Research Development and Engineering Command in providing key innovative science and technology that will enable us to provide full-spectrum operations for the Army and the Warfighter. We (ARL) will achieve this by improving on the things that we do through a culture of innovation and collaboration."

Ellison emphasized the importance of ARL remaining closely engaged with the Warfighter, noting that this engagement, "allows our researchers first-hand knowledge of the complex needs and gaps that our Warfighters face — ultimately resulting in our ability to generate mature and innovative technologies that facilitate continued success during missions on and off the battlefield."

Ellison also expressed his understanding of how science and technology has reshaped all facets of how our Warfighters fight on the battlefield today and for years to come. He pointed out that, as a result of S&T driven improvements, "today's Soldiers are better equipped, trained and sustained on the battlefield."

When asked how he envisions his role as military deputy evolving to meet the technological demands of the future Army, Ellison replied, "through strong communication, collaboration in outreach with our Warfighters and program executive offices and other stakeholders to better understand what the workforce at ARL provide."

Col. Ellison's civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science from the Virginia State University, a master's in Human Relations Management from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Management (MBA) from Webster University.

In his military career, Ellison completed a deployment to Iraq in 2007. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards and the Army Space Badge.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is the nation's premier laboratory for land forces and is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

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Last Update / Reviewed: February 3, 2015