Perconti assumes responsibilities of Army corporate lab in ceremony today

August 10, 2017

By ARL Public Affairs

ADELPHI LABORATORY CENTER, Md. (August 10, 2017) -- Dr. Philip Perconti assumed responsibilities of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory today during a ceremony at the Adelphi Laboratory Center auditorium. He was officially named the fifth director of the Army's corporate laboratory in June. Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commander of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, officiated.

ARL is the Army's corporate laboratory providing the science and technology for the Warfighter. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. ARL consists of approximately 3,000 military and civilian employees with annual revenue exceeding $1.8 billion.

Perconti recently unveiled a new technical research strategy that is designed around nine essential research areas that provide focus to ARL's research to ensure the Army's continued technological dominance. The ERAs embody the science and technology the Army deems crucial to delivering advanced capabilities to the Warfighter. The laboratory's highest priority work, he said, during his remarks on Thursday, involves research to reduce technology uncertainty, filling knowledge gaps, and identifying technology risk associated with delivering new capabilities "or by finding new ways to fight so that senior warfighters can make decisions with high confidence on how to build the next Army. ARL works to equip our Soldiers with technological overmatch and to help them avoid technology surprise on the battlefield. This is the fundamental reason the Department of Defense does research."

Perconti served as ARL's acting director since April 2016, when Dr. Thomas Russell was reassigned to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology. Prior to that, Perconti was the director of ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Director where he was responsible for leading and transitioning the Army's primary basic and applied research programs in sensors, electronics, signal processing and power and energy component technologies.

Prior to joining ARL in January 2013, Perconti was the director of the Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate for 12 years.

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University, a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from The George Washington University.

Perconti is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposium, a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, and serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Military Sensing Symposium. He has published extensively on many aspects of military sensing and countermine/counter improvised explosive device technology, has authored and co-authored over 50 publications including three book chapters, and he holds two patents. Perconti was selected for the Senior Executive Service in January 2013.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: August 10, 2017