Dr. Patrick Mason has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2011. He currently serves as the Department Head for Warfighter Performance at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Arlington, VA. He is responsible for establishing, managing, evaluating, and maintaining basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development programs to meet the operational needs of the Navy and Marine Corps. Areas of research funded by his Department include: artificial intelligence, autonomy, biological sciences, human-systems integration, irregular warfare, manpower, medicine related to Naval operations (undersea, surface, aerospace, marine mammals), neuroscience, socio-cultural sciences, training and education, and warfighter performance and resiliency. Dr. Mason’s team has oversight of the Navy’s Historically Black College and University/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program. Dr. Mason serves as an advisor in these areas of research to the Chief of Naval Research and other leadership in the Department of the Navy and Department of Defense. Dr. Mason serves as the ONR Coordinator for the review of Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Cases. Dr. Mason is Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering – Level III and Science & Technology Manager – Level III certified, and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. He has extensive experience interacting with Professional Staff Members from the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House Armed Services Committee on Authorization- and Appropriation-related issues.
In November 2019, Dr. Mason was selected by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) to serve as the U.S. Coordinator for the U.S.-UK Next Generation Capability Cooperation (NGCC) Pathfinder efforts. The NGCC Pathfinder efforts are championed by the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USD(R&E), Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)). The following are the four Pathfinder efforts: Undersea Warfare, Directed Energy Weapons, High Speed Weapons, and Fully Networked Command, Control, and Communications. Pathfinder teams include representatives from the Joint Staff, OUSD(R&E), OUSD(A&S), OUSD(P), OUSD(Intel and Security), OSD(Chief Information Officer), OSD(Office of General Council), Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), and research and engineering, acquisition, international, and legal organizations within the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
Dr. Mason serves as the Chair of the OUSD(R&E) Biomedical Community of Interest (CoI) and the Human Systems CoI and serves at the senior leadership level on the Biotechnology CoI. Dr. Mason has served as a Mentor for the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) since 2014 and as a Mentor for the Naval Bridging the Gap (BTG) Leadership Development Program during 2018. Since 2014, Dr. Mason served as the United States representative on The Technical Cooperation Program - Human Resources and Performance (TTCP HUM) Group. He currently serves as the Executive Chair of TTCP HUM. Since 2014, Dr. Mason has served as the United States voting member on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - Human Factors and Medicine (NATO HFM) Panel and is the current Chair. Since 2018, he has served as the Navy Principal Member on the U.S. – India Joint Technical Group and as the U.S. Principal on the Human Systems Working Group of the International Cooperation Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR).
During 2011-2016, Dr. Mason served as the Director of the Human Performance, Training, and BioSystems Directorate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. His responsibilities included providing technical leadership, management oversight, policy guidance, and coordination for over $3B/year in research programs in the DoD to ensure that these areas were focused, relevant, and capable of meeting current and anticipated defense needs. Dr. Mason had purview over a broad range of research areas, including medical and life sciences, human performance optimization, human factors, human-system integration, autonomy, exoskeletons, combat feeding, chemical and biological defense, language and culture understanding, non-lethal weapon bioeffects, training, and environmental sciences. Dr. Mason was also responsible for oversight of the DoD’s animal and human use policy and regulatory affairs programs. Dr. Mason organized and served as the co-chair of the United States – Singapore Cognitive Sciences workshop (2012) and as the co-chair of the United States – Singapore Human Systems Workshop (2014). His office provided oversight of the United States – India workshops and research collaborations supporting the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) and Joint Technical Group. Dr. Mason reviewed proposed international Project Agreements, as well as documents for CFIUS Cases.
Dr. Mason participated on numerous committees within the Federal Government. Dr. Mason was the DoD representative on the White House National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. He served as a co-chair of the NSTC’s Subcommittee on Toxics and Risks and as the DoD representative on the NSTC Subcommittee on Life Sciences, NSTC Subcommittee on Social, Behavior, and Economic Sciences, and NSTC Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience. Within the DoD, Dr. Mason was the OSD senior member on the following Communities of Interest: Armed Services Biomedical Research Evaluation and Management (ASBREM), Autonomy, Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD), and Human Systems (HS). He was a member of the DoD Sustainability Council and serves as the AT&L Senior Language Authority on the Defense Language Steering Council. Dr. Mason served as the OSD Proponent for the Human Factors and Engineering Technical Advisory Group (HFE TAG), Deployed Warfighter Protection Program (DWPP), and Genetics and Synthetic Biology Research for Human Performance Council (GSBR HPC). He served as the Chair of the Combat Feeding Research Executive Board (CFREB) and Human Performance Optimization Committee (HPOC). Dr. Mason was a co-Chair of the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin (WIAMan) Program, Irregular Warfare Senior Technical Advisory Group (IW STAG), and Joint Human Systems Integration Steering Committee (JHSISC).
1980 B.A in Biology, University of California at San Diego
1980 B.A.in Psychology, University of California at San Diego
1985 Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology, McGill University, Canada
1986 - 1989 Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology, University of Colorado
2006 Air War College – Seminar
2007 Senior Executive Fellows – Harvard University – JFK School of Government
2011 Joint Executive Management Program
2011 APEX 33 Orientation Program
2012 VANGUARD Program
2018 Career Executive Leadership Program (CELP)
2022 Leadership in a Democratic Society
1990 - 2006 Research Neuroscientist – AFRL/Human Effectiveness Directorate
2006 - 2007 Office of the Chief Scientist – AFRL/Human Effectiveness Directorate
2007 - 2009 Office of the Chief Scientist – AFRL/711th Human Performance Wing
2007 - 2009 Program Element Monitor for the Human Effectiveness Portfolio – SAF/AQR
2009 - 2010 Chief, Strategic Planning Branch – SAF/AQR
2011 - 2017 Director, Human Performance, Training, & BioSystems Directorate (SES – Tier 1)
2017 – present Department Head, Warfighter Performance, Office of Naval Research (SES – Tier 2)
2019 – 2020 Detailee to OUSD(R&E) – U.S.-U.K. Next Generation Capability Cooperation
Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering – Level III
Science & Technology Manager – Level III
Member of the Defense Acquisition Corps
AWARDS AND HONORS
Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award (2008)
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2011)
OSD Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2015)
USD(AT&L) Award for Excellence – Ebola Effort (2015)
USD(AT&L) Award for Excellence – Defense Technology and Trade Initiative with India (2016)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Society for Neuroscience (SfN) (1983+)
73 Peer-reviewed scientific publications