Ian Crone

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
Principal Director for Cyber
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Mr. Ian Crone joined the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) as the Director for Cyber Initiatives and Acting Principal Director for Cyber in July 2021. In this role, Mr. Crone is responsible for leading the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) research and engineering efforts needed to maintain competitive advantage in the cyberspace domain.

Prior to joining OUSD(R&E), Mr. Crone served as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Information Innovation Office, where his focus was on developing next-generation cyberspace operations capabilities, including development of large-scale data analytics capabilities to track cyber adversary operations, new approaches for securing weapons systems and embedded devices by leveraging side-channel analysis techniques, and alternative concepts of cyberspace operations to enable cyber power projection.

Prior to joining DARPA, Mr. Crone supported the Office of Naval Research, where he supported the creation of a new cybersecurity research portfolio, including strategy, budgetary, and technical leadership responsibilities. His efforts there led to the successful transition of emerging technologies into operations, satisfying Urgent Operational Needs from multiple combatant commands.

Before his work with ONR, Mr. Crone served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy, where he acted as project manager and liaison while attached to Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group. He was also a founding member of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Rapid Innovation Cell, where he contributed to projects exploring innovative challenges and potential solutions across cybersecurity, autonomous systems, and personnel management topics.

Mr. Crone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Columbia University, and a Masters of Security Studies from Georgetown University.