Dr. Troy E. Meink was appointed as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses (ADNI/SRA) in June 2014. In this capacity, he serves as the DNI’s principal staff advisor on matters pertaining to systems analyses, cost analyses and program evaluation. The ADNI/SRA is responsible for framing major resource decisions and managing the process by which the DNI determines the National Intelligence Program (NIP).
Prior to his ODNI appointment, Dr. Meink was the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Washington, D.C. He provided the principal support to the Under Secretary's role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise.
Dr. Meink is from Lemmon, S.D., and entered the Air Force in 1988 through the ROTC program at South Dakota State University. His assignments have included operations and training, systems engineering, research and development, and program management of major defense acquisition programs. Dr. Meink began his career as an Air Force Navigator and then a lead test engineer for the design and evaluation of ballistic missile test vehicles for the Missile Defense Agency resulting in two successful launch campaigns. As a rated officer, he completed 100 sorties including eight combat and 29 combat support missions in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Provide Comfort.
As an Air Force civilian, Dr. Meink managed multiple next generation joint research and development programs transitioning global space capabilities, optical sensors, and advanced structures into DoD operations. He subsequently led multiple communications organizations within the Air Force and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration. Prior to his assignment as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, he was the Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition at National Reconnaissance Office.
Dr. Meink has authored 20 articles in professional journals and conference publications, has been awarded three patents, and designed, built, and flown two experimental aircraft.