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Dr. Bill Conley

Advisor, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Bill Conley is Chief Technology Officer for Mercury Systems and is responsible for the technical vision and implementation of Mercury’s strategic objectives. He is responsible for aligning technology investments across the company to meet customer needs. Bill has substantial experience in research, development, weapon system acquisition, technology road mapping, strategy development & implementation, and government.

Prior to joining Mercury, Bill was a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, serving as the Director for Electronic Warfare in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that role, he led the $7B annual investment to develop and acquire electronic warfare weapon systems. Earlier in his civilian career, he was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, where he led an innovative investment portfolio focused on electronic warfare. He started his civilian career as an engineer for the Navy. While his individual contributions were recognized through multiple awards, he is most proud of the team awards from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and the Association of Old Crows Capitol Chapter.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College and a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.