NSSC Director

Jack Obusek, Sc. D.John (Jack) Obusek, Sc. D.
U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center

Natick, Massachusetts 01760

Dr. Jack Obusek was selected to the Senior Executive Service and appointed to his position as the Director of the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center on 16 January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for the planning, programming, coordination, and execution of the research, development, and engineering program dedicated to the sustainment and protection of the nation’s combat forces from the stresses of war through functionally suitable food, clothing, airborne and airdrop equipment, tactical shelters, and organizational and personal equipment.

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Obusek served as the Associate Director of the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) with the responsibility for strategic plans and programs.

In cooperation with the Army’s warfighting and acquisition organizations, he developed the strategic science and technology (S&T) priorities for the NSRDEC, recommended investments for the entire portfolio of NSRDEC science and technology, and had the responsibility for reviewing the execution of the S&T programs. In this role he also served as the lead for the Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Soldier System Integration Domain.

In earlier assignments, Dr. Obusek served as the acting Technical Director, NSRDEC from Mar 2007 - Sept 2007. From Feb 2004 - Feb 2007, he served as Chief of the Human Systems Integration and Sciences Division, NSRDEC and was responsible for planning, organizing, and managing all basic and applied human research programs. His experience includes over 27 years of active duty service in the Army, culminating with assignment as the Commander of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, Massachusetts. From Aug 2000 – Sep 2003, Dr. Obusek, was responsible for the overall direction and management of the Institute including planning, directing, and leading the staff in solving broad operational problems in mitigating the effects of environmental extremes on warfighter performance. He was responsible for formulating local policies, programs and objectives governing human, financial, facilities and technology management for an environmental and occupational medicine research facility. He also served as United States representative to a NATO Medical Research Panel.

Dr. Obusek earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware; a Masters of Physical Therapy from Baylor University; and a Doctor of Science in Applied Kinesiology (with Distinction) from Boston University.

Dr. Obusek’s military education includes the Military Health System Executive Skills Capstone Course, the US Army War College, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Louis Dellamonica Award for Outstanding US Army Material Command (AMC) Personnel of the Year, the Legion of Merit, the Army Medical Specialist Corps Research Award, the Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award, and the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator.


Mission Statement:
Conduct research, development, acquisition and sustainment to maximize combat effectiveness and survivability of freedom's defenders.