Dr. Tarun Gupta
Acting Director for the Directed Energy Project Office (DEPO)
Precision Strike Technology Symposium PSTS-22 : Army Directed Energy
Mr. Tarun Gupta is the Acting Director for the Directed Energy Project Office (DEPO) within the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He assumed duties in April 2022. He was the Deputy Director for the DEPO from November 2019 through April 2022.
Mr. Gupta is responsible for oversight and execution of development, prototyping, test, evaluation, procurement and fielding of Army directed energy technologies and capabilities that address near-term and mid-term threats, consistent with the Army’s modernization priorities. In addition to delivering Directed Energy prototype weapon systems, Mr. Gupta also provides oversight on the coordination and alignment of the Army’s Directed Energy Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio.
Prior to joining the Army, Mr. Gupta was the Deputy Director for Test Planning & Design at the Missile Defense Agency. He was responsible for planning and designing an executable Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) test program for the Agency based on engineering analysis of developmental and operational test requirements. He was responsible for the development and publication of an Integrated Master Test Plan (IMTP) detailing the strategic test plan for the Agency. He was also responsible for the Agency’s test baseline management and configuration control and for pre- and post-test analysis activities supporting Flight and Ground tests. Mr. Gupta held various leadership roles during his tenure with the Missile Defense Agency from 2010 through 2019.
Mr. Gupta has worked in the Federal Government for the last 12 years. Prior to this, he held a career in the Automotive Industry for 15 years.
Mr. Gupta holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Mr. Gupta holds professional certifications in Test & Evaluation Engineering, Program Systems Engineering, and Program Management. He is a Defense Acquisition Corps member. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.