R. Reed Skaggs, Ph.D

Reed Skaggs relies on over 15 years of experience with the Department of Defense science and technology (S&T) research and development enterprise to advise Lewis-Burke clients engaged in the conduct of basic and applied research for national security S&T and innovation.   His expertise extends into emerging technologies for future protection, lethality, materials, sensors and computational capabilities. 

Before joining Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, Dr. Skaggs served as both the Staff Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Security and International Affairs division (OSTP/NSIA) and the Assistant Director for Defense Programs. As Staff Director, Dr. Skaggs was responsible for organizing, prioritizing and forecasting activities for tactical and strategic engagements; creating and managing staff activities leading to policy actions affecting the national security/international Departments and Agencies; and communicating OSTP/NSIA activities within and outside the Executive Office of the President. For Defense, Dr. Skaggs led OSTP interagency deliberations for high skilled immigration reform as well as the United States accession to the Ottawa Convention. In addition, he conducted studies, workshops, policy discussions to build policy actions addressing the health and sufficiency of the national security S&T enterprise with respect to 1) improving the quality of the STEM workforce; 2) S&T facilities and infrastructure modernization and public-private partnerships; 3) laboratory governance; and 4) innovation practices to create a modern, resilient enterprise for the 21st century.

Prior to his selection to OSTP in 2011, Dr. Skaggs was the Associate Director for Plans, Programs and Budget at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) where he led the formulation of a long-term S&T portfolio strategy and ARL’s submission of the annual Program Objective Memorandum to the Department of the Army.  His contributions to the organization improved collaboration for both in-house researchers and among customers, research scientists, industry and program managers through strategic development of mutually beneficial objectives.  From 2007 to  2009, Dr. Skaggs served in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Army Research and Technology as the ARL Liaison and as the Acting Deputy Director for Ground Systems, Soldier Systems and Training, and Biometrics.  Dr. Skaggs supported the Army S&T budget formulation process with the writing of congressional budget forms and accompanying briefings to articulate Army S&T programs and initiatives for the President’s annual budget submission. As a special assignment to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Development, Dr. Skaggs was requested to orchestrate a $20M rapid science and technology program to mitigate emerging vehicular explosives threats against Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Dr. Skaggs completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College in 1992.  He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry at The George Washington University in 1997.