Adele Ratcliff

Adele Ratcliff

Director, Manufacturing Technology, ODASD (Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense), DOD

United States of America Department of Defense

Ms. Adele Ratcliff is the Director of the DOD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program, which is overseen by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (ODASD(MIBP)).  During her tenure in OSD, she has focused on building strong interagency partnerships to address broad transition of manufacturing issues such as manufacturing readiness and the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise.  Currently, Ms. Ratcliff leads the effort in establishing the DOD-led national Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs) outlined in the President’s 2013 State of the Union address. These currently include America Makes, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute, the Integrated Photonics IMI, and Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute.

Ms. Ratcliff has a long acquisition career, including Program Manager for the congressionally mandated Defense Acquisition Challenge Program, Deputy Program Manager for the Foreign Comparative Test Program, and more than eleven years in Air Force Test and Evaluation at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.  As Test Manager, she guided the Air Force’s Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser test program (better known as WCMD), from prototype through the production and deployment phase of the Platform,  earning her the Air Force Materiel Command Test Engineer of the Year Award.  More importantly, her efforts transitioned this Platform to support the Warfighter in the initial phases of Operation Enduring Freedom.  She is a proud alumnus of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs, earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1988.  In 2011 she graduated from the U.S. Army War College (in-residence) earning a MS in Strategic Art and graduated from the Department of Defense’s Defense Senior Leadership Development Program (DSLDP).  She received the SECDEF Award for Excellence for her support of the Pilot Institute for Additive Manufacturing in March 2013.