Leonard J. Buckley
Director - Science & Technology Division, Institute for Defense Analyses
Dr. Buckley is the Director of the Science and Technology Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) where he leads scientists and engineers who provide objective analysis on science and technology issues related to national security. He was formerly at the Naval Research Laboratory where he was responsible for directing and managing the Materials Chemistry Branch performing innovative R&D in materials chemistry and physics for the Department of the Navy. Dr. Buckley also completed a four-year detail as a program manager for the Defense Science Office within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he initiated and led several programs that included Bio-inspired Optics, Self Decontaminating Surfaces, Water Harvesting and the Artificial Retina.
Dr. Buckley has a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master’s degree in Polymer Science from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from Drexel University. He has over 150 publications and reports and 10 issued patents. Dr. Buckley has won several awards over his career including a Navy-sponsored award for Scientific Achievement in 1989, an Alan Berman Outstanding Publication Award from NRL in 1999, an Edison Award (Best Patent) from NRL in 2009 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2005.