Zachary Mears, PhD

Head of Strategy, Anduril Industries
Virtual April 2021 Procurement Division Meeting

Zachary Mears is the head of strategy at Anduril Industries.


Previously, Dr. Mears was a senior advisor at Covington and Burling, where he advised companies in the aerospace, defense, and national security sector navigate policy and regulatory challenges involving the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch. 


Dr. Mears has extensive experience in U.S. national security and defense strategy, planning, and resourcing, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Mears also advised the Defense Innovation Unit, which is building bridges between the Pentagon and the high technology centers in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Austin. His substantive areas of expertise include strategic planning, risk assessment and management, and advanced technologies.


Dr. Mears is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in political science.