Richard Matlock

Strategic Partner – Richard Matlock joined Battle Group as a Strategic Partner in 2017. Richard supports major science and technology development activities, including the introduction and prioritization of model-based systems engineering concepts across the Firm and our partner companies.

Richard is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and decorated government civilian with over 40 years of experience across multiple DoD agencies. Most recently, Richard served as Program Executive for Advanced Technology at the Missile Defense Agency (, where he led the development of next-generation missile defense technologies and held other leadership roles, including:

  • Program Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Kill Vehicles Program;
  • Program Director of Modeling and Simulation; and
  • Program Manager of the Kinetic Energy Boost Program.

Earlier in his career, Richard served as Technology Director at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), where he led the implementation of a cooperative technology research program with the Japan Defense Agency. Prior to this, he spent six years at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization helping to develop ballistic missile defense technologies. He also held several leadership positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory, including Technology Director of the Space-based Interceptor Systems Program Office; Chief of Integration and Analysis at the Air Force Astronautics Laboratory; Chief of Ballistic Missiles and Space Propulsion Analysis at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory; and Lead Propulsion Systems Analyst at the Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program Office.

Recognized as a leader within the missile defense space by both government and industry partners, Richard has received numerous awards for his work, including:

  • Air Force Aerospace Primus Award (1987);
  • Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (2000);
  • Inaugural Missile Defense Technology Pioneer Award (2006);
  • Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive (2014); and
  • Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service (2017).

Richard earned a BS in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and executive management training from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.