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


Raytheon Missile Defense Center
235 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
United States

Thursday, 7 February 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

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The Women in Defense Greater Boston Chapter (WID-GBC) announces an evening networking event with Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Northeast 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 ARL Northeast. 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 Hor d’oeuvres
  • 6:00 – 6:45 pm               Introductions & Dinner    
  • Amie Cafferty, President WID Greater Boston Chapter   ·   
  • Dr. Ellen Ferraro, Director, Research and Technology Advanced Technology Integrated Defense Systems, Raytheon
  • 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

A cash bar will be open from 5-6pm. Attendees can purchase drink tickets at the registration table. No credit cards will be accepted so bring cash!!!

Raytheon employees have complimentary admission for this event. Email Josephine Lewis at for the Event Code.

There is also a limited number of complimentary tickets available for active duty personnel. Email for more information about tickets for active duty personnel. 

Note: Attendees must supply name, including middle name and the name of the company you work for. Citizenship information is also required. All attendees must present a government-issued picture ID. Non-citizens with a Green Card should also show their Green Card. No cell phones, cameras, video cameras or recording devices of any kind are allowed into the Raytheon Facility. All attendees will be required to sign a photo release form. No onsite walk-ins will be accepted. 

Refunds and cancellations. We will provide refunds up to 7 days before this event. No refunds are available if attendees cancel due to weather conditions. 


- Stop at Gate House with Guard.

Please have your current Federal or State Identification with Photo. No Camera, recording devices, phone, etc. are allowed into the facility.

-Proceed to the Spencer Parking Garage. Park on Level 1 or 2.

-Enter the Raytheon Facility at the Spencer Building.