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    Dr. Richard Bagnell joined DARPA in 2010 as a Program Manager for the Strategic Technology Office. His technical background includes optics, lasers, beam control, sensors, electromagnetics, and low observables. His program interests include high-energy lasers, electro-optic sensors, and aero-optic phenomena. 

    Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Bagnell was Principal Investigator for Laser Weapons Technologies at Starfire Optical Range, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM. He served as Specialist for Directed Energy Weapons in the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) from June 2008 to June 2009. He has more than 15 years experience in beam control and laser weapon system development and testing, including the ABL, ATL, HEL-TD, JHPSSL, and HELLADS programs. Dr. Bagnell is a retired Air Force officer, and served on active duty in positions ranging from acquisition, to research test and evaluation, to Special Operations. 

    Dr. Bagnell received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1982); a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico (1984); and a Master of Science in electrical engineering (1992) and Doctor of Philosophy (1995) from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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