Dr. Steve F. Pierce was promoted to senior level and assigned as the Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, in March 2014.
Dr. Pierce graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science and was commissioned in the field artillery. His initial assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, serving in various staff and command positions. Subsequent tours included Battery Command in V Corps Artillery in Germany, Fire Support Coordinator and Battalion Command in the 7th Infantry Division, and Operations Research/Systems Analysis Team Leader at the Directorate of Combat Developments, Fort Sill, OK, where he headed up the Fire Support Trendline Analysis for the Chief of Staff of the Army. As a professor and course director in the Department of Systems Engineering, West Point, NY, he implemented a new engineering economics curriculum. Subsequently, he was command-selected to be the Director of Strategic Plans and Special Assistant to the Superintendent, where he developed the West Point Strategic Plan that identified how to provide an academic and leadership course of instruction that addressed future demands of a complex environment on future graduates.
After military service, Dr. Pierce joined a defense corporation as a military analyst and program manager, where he supported the Department of Defense and State Department on international fire support and missile defense collaboration. In 2001, he entered government civil service as a Senior Analyst in the Space and Missile Defense Future Warfare Center, before being promoted to Division Chief in 2002. He has led key Army and Joint studies, to include three operational missile defense studies for combatant commanders and a homeland defense study. In his previous position as Director of the Decision Support Directorate, in USASMDC’s Future Warfare Center, Dr. Pierce led a directorate that included the Studies and Analysis Division, Models and Simulations Division, Information and Computational Engineering Division, and Cyberspace Support Branch.
As the CTO, Dr. Pierce initiated a Senior Executive Level Technology Forum that encompass DoD and non-DoD organizations. He was instrumental in identifying necessary organizational changes to best address emerging Cybersecurity requirements for both Space and Air and Missile Defense. Additionally, he played a key role in developing the Army Vision Statement for Air and Missile Defense.
Dr. Pierce earned a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Long Island University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College. His academic recognition includes Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu Engineering Honor Society, and Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society. Dr. Pierce was also selected as a National Who’s Who Teacher of the Year for his work as a volunteer teacher of algebra and calculus in a private high school.
Dr. Pierce's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Army Achievement Medal (two awards). He has also earned the Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab. Dr. Pierce was selected by the Association of the United States Army as the Department of the Army Civilian of the Year – Redstone Huntsville Chapter. He is also a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in both Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering.