Dr. Starnes E. Walker

Dr. Walker Dr. Starnes Walker, Attended Raytown Schools K-11

Dr. Starnes E. Walker attended Raytown Schools through his junior year, moving to California to graduate in 1965. During his high school years, he was active in academics and sports. Dr. Walker holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in physics from the University of California and an Honorary Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. 

Dr. Walker is a senior executive with 35 years of leadership and executive management. Working within the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, and industry, Dr. Walker’s assertive leadership in research, development, and engineering has resulted in enhanced national security.  He is a leading national expert in cybersecurity, science and technology, defense, and intelligence.   

Developing critically important strategic national and international programs for the U.S. Government, industry, and academia while working closely with international government leaders and industry partners, Dr. Walker has contributed to transforming the U.S. defense and security posture. 

His achievements have led to strategic partnerships with the U.K., Australia, Singapore, Israel, Canada, Sweden, EU, and NATO for an integrated approach to national security.

In 1999, Dr. Walker served as the Senior Executive standing up the newest DoD Defense Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  He then served as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) overseeing ONR and the Naval Research Laboratory from 2004-2006 and then served as the Department of Homeland Security Director of Research from 2006-2010.

From 2010-2013, Dr. Walker served as the Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, as the Senior Executive Service (SES) Member for Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community at Fort Meade, Maryland.  Currently, he is the Founding Director of the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative and Professor-Electrical and Computer Engineering.