Zach Lemnios to Step Down as Pentagon R&D Chief, Heading to IBM


Zachary Lemnios, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, will step down from his Pentagon post on Friday, Nov. 30, and return to the private sector, Intercepts has learned.

During his three-and-a-half year tenure at DoD, Lemnios has been a major advocate for stabilizing research-and-development funding even as defense spending is projected to decline. He also has pushed industry to get systems and new technology to the battlefield quicker.

Lemnios will return to industry and has accepted a job at IBM, according to several sources.

Prior to becoming the Pentagon’s R&D chief, Lemnios held positions at the Defense Research Projects Agency and was the chief technology officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has worked in numerous positions within the research community, including Hughes Aircraft Company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Ford Microelectronics.

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