Ms. Kathleen Harger has spent nearly 40 years associated with the Defense enterprise, and is now a private consultant for government, industry and academic institutions. Her most recent government assignment was Chief Advocate for Adaptive Initiatives at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where she advocated for adaptability as an essential ingredient of creating and delivering effective solutions required in modern theaters of conflict.
She established adaptability as a key focus of the Agency to better serve the evolving needs of its customers by facilitating direct communication between DARPA and U.S. Warfighters.
Prior to her DARPA assignment, Ms. Harger was the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Innovation and Technology Transition where she was the Department of Defense's advocate for the rapid movement of technology for warfighter use.
Her private industry career culminated in the founding of a small business specializing in the accelerated movement of technology into warfighter use, where she served as the President and CEO for seven years before accepting the offer to join the Defense Department as a political appointee.
Ms. Harger served 25 years in the United States Navy, active and reserve, retiring in 2002 as a Captain, where she specialized in both Antisubmarine Warfare and Space Operations, and served as the first Deputy Director of Oversight for all Navy Special Access Programs.
Ms. Harger has also served on both Army Science Board and Defense Science Board studies, investigating how the Department of Defense can eliminate barriers to solving warfighters' urgent