Melinda K. Reed earned an Industrial Engineering Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University in 1986. In 2002, Ms. Reed became a member of the Department of the Navy Acquisition Workforce. Ms. Reed’s breadth of experience includes Assistant Chief Engineer and Deputy Assistant program Manager across Submarine Imaging, Electronic Warfare, and Combat Systems, providing leadership to the modernization and integration of new weapons capability through the use of the open architecture business model.
Ms. Reed moved on to become the Chief Engineer and Technical Warrant Holder for Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems. Ms. Reed also served as the Assistant Program Manager for Unmanned Surface Vehicles. Following this, Ms. Reed served as the Director for Systems Engineering with Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) Chief Systems Engineer. Ms. Reed joined the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering in 2010 and is the Deputy Director for Program Protection. As the Deputy Director for Program Protection, Ms. Reed’s provides leadership for Program Protection Policy, Guidance and implementation activities across AT&L, integrating system security engineering into the overarching System Engineering processes. Ms. Reed also led the Data Vulnerability Tiger Team effort on protection and response activities to mitigate the loss of unclassified controlled technical information. Findings and recommendations from this effort resulted in a SECDEF memo directing actions to take to mitigate vulnerabilities.