Dr. Charles Clancy

Vice President of Intelligence Programs

The MITRE Corporation

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Charles Clancy is vice president for Intelligence Programs in MITRE’s Center for Programs and Technology. In this role, he leads the organization’s technical strategy and priorities in support of the intelligence community. This includes ensuring technical quality, affordability, and timely delivery of work products; nurturing a developmental culture for MITRE employees; and accelerating technical innovation to anticipate and meet the future demands of government sponsors. He is an internationally recognized expert on topics at the intersection of wireless, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.

Before joining MITRE in 2019, Clancy served as the Bradley Professor of Cybersecurity at Virginia Tech, and executive director at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. There, he led Virginia Tech’s research and experiential learning programs in defense and intelligence. Clancy now sits on the Hume Center’s Board of Advisors.

Clancy started his career at the National Security Agency, filling a variety of research, engineering, and operations roles, with a focus on wireless communications. He has co-authored more than 250 patents and academic publications, as well as five books. An avid entrepreneur, he co-founded several venture-backed security startup companies that apply commercial innovation to national security challenges. Clancy has also been heavily involved in wireless security protocol standardization and held leadership positions within the Internet Engineering Task Force, Wireless Innovation Forum, and Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers. In 2015, he was elected to the prestigious AFCEA Intelligence Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland College Park.

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