WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s top two technology experts have submitted their resignations.
Mike Griffin, who became the department’s first undersecretary of research and engineering in early 2018, and his deputy Lisa Porter have both submitted their resignations, a defense official confirmed to Defense News. The two will be exiting the building come July 10.
In his role as R&E head, Griffin had the lead on developing new capabilities for the department, such as hypersonic weapons, directed energy, and a variety of space-based programs. Included in his portfolio were the Missile Defense Agency and DARPA.
A former NASA head under President George W. Bush, Griffin entered the department with a reputation as an innovative thinker, but also as someone who could be prickly with others. In his first public speech after taking officer, he infamously bragged that he answered to no one but the secretary and deputy secretary of defense, in an early statement that rankled members of Congress.
At DoD, Griffin showed a strong personality who clashed with various service level executives, with the most public fight coming with former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. The news emerged a day after the House Armed Services Committee recommended removing the Missile Defense Agency from under Griffin’s control. Members of Congress have expressed frustration with Griffin’s decision to cancel the Redesigned Kill Vehicle.
Porter, who previously was executive vice president and director of In-Q-Tel Labs, served as Griffin’s deputy from 2018 onward.
This story will be updated.