Dr. Ronald Hann, Jr.
Director, Chemical and Biological Technologies Department
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Dr. Ron Hann, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), is the the Research and Development Directorate’s Chemical/Biological Technologies Department (RD-CB) director, for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), located on Fort Belvoir, Va. DTRA enables the DoD and U.S. government to prepare for and combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and improvised threats and to ensure nuclear deterrence.
Dr. Hann oversees a vibrant science and technology department that works with industry, research universities, other agencies within the U.S. government to research, develop and field revolutionary technologies that address the threats posed by chemical and biological
weapons, materials, agents and emerging diseases to our warfighters. DTRA RD-CB also serves as the Joint Science and Technology Office, a member of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program. This office, established in 2003 by Congress, is tasked to develop, coordinate, integrate, execute, and transition DoD chemical and biological science and technology medical and nonmedical programs in response to Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense requirements, the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense programs, and Chemical and Biological Defense Program Test and Evaluation technology needs.
Dr. Hann received an ROTC scholarship and was commissioned as an officer in 1986; he first enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as an Infantryman in 1983. Dr. Hann was promoted to the SES Corps in April 2014 following his retirement from the U.S. Army Chemical Corps after almost 27 years of active duty. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Acting Director of RD-CB. His first military tour with DTRA was in 2002 where he was assigned as a Mission Commander to the Chemical and Biological Division, On-Site Inspection Directorate. As mission commander, he led over 20 sensitive
inspections at U.S. chemical storage and destruction facilities in cooperation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. While in that tour, he helped train, equip, deploy and led site exploitation teams in Iraq in the search for evidence of Saddam Hussein’s WMD program. Following that tour, he earned a doctorate in Organic Synthesis from the University of Virginia; then taught Organic Chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Hann’s other assignments in the Army included command and staff positions ranging from Regimental Chemical Officer and Squadron Operations Officer at 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Division Liaison Officer for 3rd Infantry Division to Company Commander in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Dr. Hann is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In addition to Dr. Hann’s Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Virginia, he holds both B.S. and M.A. degrees in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two campaign stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Service Medal, Liberations of Kuwait Service Medals and other service ribbons.