Loading Events

« All Events

Navigating the Future of DoD Science & Technology (S&T) Programs: A Talk with Dr. Melissa Flagg, Lead, ARL Northeast

February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Women in Defense Greater Boston Chapter (WID-GBC) announces an evening networking event with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to discuss the globalization of S&T and future impact on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) S&T programs. The globalization of S&T has changed the way organizations innovate. Decentralized, locally-sourced innovations from regional, IP-rich communities are the norm, led by agile engineering organizations that rapidly source, prototype and deploy customer-centric S&T solutions. To get in front of this global innovation trend, the U.S. Army set up the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Northeast as a local initiative designed to: 1) extend the Army’s access to the best and brightest minds working in academia and industry across the Northeast, and 2) build a robust, sustainable community of scientists and engineers solving the Army’s most pressing challenges. With a local presence, ARL will work alongside university partners, small and large businesses, manufacturers, startup and accelerator communities, and other government agencies, to accelerate technology transitions from basic research and prototypes, to production and fielded products.

The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Melissa Flagg, the Lead for the Army Research Laboratory. Prior to joining ARL, she was the founder and CEO of Flagg Consulting Services, LLC. She also worked with the University of Utah to re-examine the foundations of our scientific structures and served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Research Program at the Center for a New American Security. Before starting her own company, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research within the DoD. Prior to that, she worked in various roles at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the DoD, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of State. She has also served on a number of boards including the Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee at the Department of Commerce and the National Academy of Sciences Air Force Studies Board. She received a B.S. from the University of Mississippi in 1996 and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2000.


5:00 – 6:00 pm – Registration, Networking, Refreshments and Light Hors d ‘Oeuvres

6:00 – 6:45 pm – Introductions and Dinner
– Amie Cafferty, President WID Greater Boston Chapter
– Dr. Ellen Ferraro, Chief Engineer, Integrated Communication Systems at Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
– Thomas Laliberty, Vice President, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Integrated Defense Systems, Raytheon

6:45 – 7:30 pm – Keynote Address – Dr. Melissa Flagg, Lead for ARL Northeast

7:30 – 7:45 pm – Closing Remarks

7:45 – 8:00 pm – Networking

Event Details

Location: Raytheon Missile Defense Center, 235 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA 01801

Registration: To register please visit https://arlnortheast.eventbrite.com. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for active duty military. NDIA New England members receive the WID member rate. This event is complimentary for Raytheon employees. Please email Josephine.S.Lewis@raytheon.com for more information.

Contact: For more information please contact Michelle Coyle, michelle.coyle@raytheon.com or (339) 440-3950

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors!






February 7
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm