Defense R&D in the USA: How it is Conducted and Role of the Academia

The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies invites you to a Talk by Prof Subrata Ghoshroy, Research Affiliate, Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, USA

Defense R&D in the USA:
How it is Conducted and Role of the Academia


Prof Subrata Ghoshroy

Research Affiliate, Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, USA


Wednesday, September 2,  2015 | 11.30 AM

at the

Conference Hall-2, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012


Copyright: US Army Website
Copyright: US Army Website

In this talk the Prof Subrata Ghoshroy will describe how the U.S. Department of Defense carries out R&D starting from basic research and then progressing to applied research and finally systems development. Subrata will also cover how research is organized through defense agencies like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and service research organizations such as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) or the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and also the role of the Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). Focus on the role of the universities in futuristic defense research will find mention as well as comment about research in aerospace systems, for example, among others. The speaker will also discuss the problems of technology assessment and technology transition from laboratory research to fieldable systems.

About the Speaker

Subrata GhoshroySubrata Ghoshroy is a Research Associate in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His current research interests are global security with particular reference to South Asia, nuclear weapons proliferation, and disarmament. Mr. Ghoshroy is also keenly interested in science and technology policy and has written extensively on military R&D policy. Previously he was a Senior Defense Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and served in the U.S. Congress as a professional staff member and as a Science Fellow. Mr. Ghoshroy also spent a year as a Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He was trained as an electrical engineer and spent two decades in defense research and development programs for high-power lasers. Mr. Ghoshroy’s publications in the last decade have focused on missile defense, nuclear weapons and space security policy. He is an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore. He holds two Master’s degrees, respectively, in Electrical Engineering and in Public Policy. Mr. Ghoshroy was born and raised in India and has lived in the U.S. for the last forty years.

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