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TRIBUTE TO MR. RICHARD S. MATLOCK
HON. MO BROOKS
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mr. BROOKS of Alabama. Mr. Speaker, on the occasion of his retirement
from the Department of Defense, I raise tribute to Mr. Richard S.
Matlock for a 40-year career as a civil servant and distinguished
member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States. Mr.
Matlock was one of the Department of Defense's top Science and
Technology Executives. In his most recent position, Mr. Matlock served
as the Program Executive for Advanced Technology for the Missile
Defense Agency. In this position, he led the development of the next
generation cutting-edge missile defense technology and proved the
benefit to the warfighter through realistic experiments in relevant
environments. Mr. Matlock developed new missile defense capabilities
that outpaced threats from potential adversaries and enabled the
Ballistic Missile Defense System to defend the Nation, its deployed
forces, and its friends and allies against ballistic missile attack.
Mr. Matlock's portfolio inlcluded high energy lasers, advanced sensors,
and future anti-ballistic missile interceptors. Mr. Matlock
simultaneously directed a Department-wide missile defeat special
program for the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Mr. Matlock's previous
Senior Executive assignments included the Program Director for
Ballistic Missile Defense System Kill Vehicles, Program Director for
Modeling and Simulation, and Technical Director for Kinetic Energy
Mr. Matlock's broad based career in government service included major
acquisition and scientific positions with the Office of the Under
Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Missile
Defense Agency, the United States Navy, the Strategic Defense
Initiative Organization, and the United States Air Force.
While serving at the Missile Defense Agency, Mr. Matlock led the
world's first destruction of a ballistic missile during boost using an
airborne high energy laser. His expert management skills enabled the
program to overcome numerous technical hurdles to accomplish a feat
many leading scientists declared outside the laws of physics. Mr.
Matlock also initiated a joint experimental plan with the United States
Air Force to prove the utility of unmanned aerial vehicle systems in a
missile defense role. As the Senior Executive responsible for
developing, integrating, testing, and procuring advanced kill vehicles
for all exo-atmospheric interceptors, Mr. Matlock defined a modular
kill vehicle concept that decreased the number of system developments
which reduced cost and risk. Mr. Matlock also redirected the agency's
modeling and simulation approach by using state of the art open
architecture frameworks that allowed plug and play capability of a
disparate set of models from a diverse contractor base thus eliminating
intellectual property loss and reducing the time required for model
During his tenure with the Naval Sea Systems Command, Mr. Matlock led
the development and implementation of a joint missile defense research
program with the Japan Defense Agency which set in motion the joint
deployment of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Prior to
employment with the Navy, Mr. Matlock was the Program Manager for
Interceptor Technology Integration in the Ballistic Missile Defense
Organization (formerly the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization).
Mr. Matlock developed the Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile, a
primary building block for the Nation's missile defense programs. As
Program Manager for this technology demonstration program, he
established the experimental pathfinder for the Aegis Ballistic Missile
Defense Program. Mr. Matlock also built, launched, and operated several
earth observing satellites, proving the value of low cost rapidly
fieldable microsatellites for complex missile defense and space control
Prior to joining the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Mr.
Matlock held several positions in the Department of the Air Force, both
as an officer and civil servant including Chief of Integration and
Analysis at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory and Technology
Director, Space Based Interceptor System Program Office at Air Force
Systems Command's Space Division.
Mr. Matlock's major awards include the Air Force Aerospace Primus
Award, the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for Missile Defense,
the Navy Superior Civilian
Service Award, the Missile Defense Agency's Star for Program
Management, the inaugural Missile Defense Technology Pioneer Award, the
Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, and the Department of Defense
Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.
Mr. Matlock consistently exemplified a true dedication to our Nation
and its ideals. His vision and drive enabled fielding of a truly
worldwide ballistic missile defense capability that will be part of
this Nation's defense for decades to come. The Ballistic Missile
Defense System is one of mankind's greatest technical achievements. Mr.
Matlock created programs that matured technology, strengthened the
Nation's industrial base, leveraged the capabilities of laboratories
and universities, and grew a science and technology workforce that will
meet the needs of the next generation of missile defense systems. Our
Nation owes Mr. Matlock and his family a debt of gratitude for his
outstanding leadership and service.