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Director, Medical Research and Development
Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, Health Affairs
Department of Defense

Dr. Rauch in his current position has responsibility for the Defense Health Program (DHP) research and development (R&D) portfolio. His focal areas include, as follows:

  • Strategic coordination and oversight of the DHP R&D programs
  • Responsibility for the planning, programming, budgeting and execution oversight of the DHP R&D program
  • Establishing DHP R&D portfolio performance metrics and assessing the DHP R&D portfolio performance
  • Oversee DHP implementation of the Office of the Secretary of Defense directed R&D program guidance
  • Represent the DHP on Defense and interagency R&D advisory groups and recommend R&D areas of investment
  • Act as the interface to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other Department of Defense components to address joint medical R&D issues, programs and plans
  • Assure that the DHP R&D portfolio is responsive to warfighter and Military Health System capability gaps
  • Accountable for delivering results such as advanced development and fielding, when scientifically supportable

Dr. Rauch has more than 35 years of experience in many facets of the Military Health System and has held numerous senior level positions in the Army and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As a senior military officer, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and principal advisor to four Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Health Affairs. He has advised on matters pertaining to biomedical research, development, and acquisition as well as medical products and devices needed to protect U.S. military forces against Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) threats.

He commanded the U.S. Army Public Health Command-Europe, a scientific and technical organization that provided comprehensive preventive medicine services to garrisoned U.S. Army forces in Europe. Dr. Rauch served as the Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Working Group on Preventive Medicine advising Stabilization Forces–Bosnia and Stabilization Forces–Kosovo on preventive medicine matters.

As Deputy Commander, and then later as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, he supported the daily management and integration of a medical research, development, and acquisition program encompassing 11 subordinate laboratories in six countries, 3,000 personnel, and over $1 billion in funding.

After retiring from the U.S. Army in October 2005 at the rank of colonel, he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Senior Principal Life Scientist. At SAIC, he focused on comprehensive strategic planning and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to Defense biomedical research, development and acquisition investment strategies and their supporting infrastructure.

He left SAIC in March 2009 for his current position.

Dr. Rauch received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati, where he also earned his Ph.D. in biology and psychology. Dr. Rauch has served as an expert medical witness for the U.S. Department of Justice as well as private industry on anthrax vaccine safety and efficacy. He has authored numerous scientific and technical publications about psychology, neurosciences, and national security matters.