Theodore Bujewski

Director, Rapid Innovation Fund Program Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

Mr. Bujewski co-manages the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Program, a $250M Department of Defense wide research and development program focused on the rapid integration of technologies into defense systems. In this capacity he leads and provide guidance to the Services and DoD Agency RIF programs overseeing approximately 100 research and development projects annually. Within the Office he is also responsible for cybersecurity, the Indian Incentive Program, and Performance Management/Data Analytics.

Prior to coming to OSBP Mr. Bujewski was in the DoD Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) office where he held a variety of positions including: Principal Director overseeing all MIBP programs, Defense Production Act (DPA) Title I Program Manager ensuring DoD priority access on all DoD contracts and negotiating and maintaining security of supply arrangements with our allies, and as a subject matter expert for cybersecurity, counterfeit parts, trusted suppliers, critical infrastructure, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, and information technology.  

Mr. Bujewski came to the DoD from NASA where he was Chief, Industrial Base and Supply Chain Management for human exploration at NASA. There he provided supply chain management leadership, policy direction, and coordination to all NASA human space flight programs.  While at NASA Mr. Bujewski also was the human space flight International Partnership Lead coordinating partnerships with space agencies around the world.

Before coming to government, Mr. Bujewski worked at The Aerospace Corporation where he was a senior industrial policy advisor on staff to the Under Secretary of the Air Force. In this capacity, he led several efforts that culminated in the landmark Congressional reform of export controls. He also co-founded the Space Suppliers Council an industry forum that provides input on supply chain issues to senior government leaders.

Mr. Bujewski holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an MS in Operations Research and BS in Applied Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University.

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