Dr. Christopher Kent, Tactical Technology Program Manager, DARPA

Dr. Christopher Kent

Tactical Technology Program Manager, DARPA

Christopher Kent earned a bachelor of science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He also received two Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Kent was chief engineer and director of research for the Naval Architecture and Engineering Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. He later oversaw naval science and technology in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Then, he served as deputy chief engineer for the Department of the Navy.

He joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in December 2022 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office.

In the News…

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working with a Boeing subsidiary to design an experimental heavy cargo seaplane for the U.S. military. The agency dropped General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, giving Aurora Flight Sciences, based in Manassas, Virginia, a contract to develop the mobility seaplane design.

Program manager Christopher Kent in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office said, “When we reached the point where we realized only one performer was meeting our aggressive schedule and technical goals, we streamlined the program to continue to deliver innovation.”

Dr. Kent stated the program had to move efficiently “to create transformational change.”


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