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Colonel Clark Allred is the Deputy Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He oversees an organization of over 800 military and civilian scientists, engineers, contractors, and support personnel focused on developing and transitioning directed energy research technologies into military systems.

Colonel Allred entered the Air Force in 1996 as a distinguished graduate of the AFROTC program at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving both master and doctorate degrees in materials science and engineering.

He began his Air Force career at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, developing algorithms for automated targeted detection in hyperspectral data, one of which received a patent. As a Draper Fellow at MIT, Col Allred researched radiation effects on materials. His research as an Air Force Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory focused on nuclear reactor modeling.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief Scientist of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, as the principal scientific advisor to the Commander. In this role, he fostered technical collaboration, leading initiatives for small business investment and education.

His previous assignments include materiel leader for AFRL’s High Speed Vehicle Science & Technology branch where he directed a $65-million investment in hypersonics. He also served as deputy chief of the Nuclear Forensics Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, helped manage the Air Force scientist and engineer career field, and was an associate professor of physics at the United States Air Force Academy. During this latter assignment, he deployed to Qatar as deputy chief of staff for Combined Forces Operations Component Command forward headquarters. Prior to teaching, he was a program manager for atomic/molecular physics and structural mechanics at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

1996 Bachelor of Science in physics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
2000 Master of Science in materials science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 2003 Doctorate of Philosophy in materials science & engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 2004 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
2010 Air Command and Staff College (Distinguished Graduate), Maxwell AFB, AL 2011 Air War College (correspondence)
2018 Air Force National Laboratory Technical Fellowship (Senior Developmental Education), Oak Ridge, TN

1. June 1996 – August 1998, Program Manager, Surveillance Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, MA
2. September 1998 – September 2003, Draper Fellow and Doctoral Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
3. October 2003 – June 2006, Program Manager, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA
4. July 2006 – July 2009, Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
5. August 2009 – June 2010, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
6. June 2010 – August 2011, Chief, Scientist & Engineer Career Field, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Arlington, VA
7. September 2011 – June 2014, Branch/Deputy Chief, Nuclear Forensics Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA
8. July 2014 – June 2017, Materiel Leader/Branch Chief, High Speed Vehicle Science & Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
9. July 2017 – June 2018, Air Force Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
10. July 2018 – June 2022, Chief Scientist, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
11. July 2022 – present, Deputy Director, Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, NM

Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major June 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 1, 2011
Colonel Oct. 1, 2017

(Current as of Oct 2022)