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Dr. Terry M. Rauch

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight

Dr. Terry M. Rauch HRPO

Dr. Terry M. Rauch is currently the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight (HRP&O).  In addition, he serves as the HRP&O Director of Medical Research and Development (R&D) for deployment medicine and force health protection. 

Dr. Rauch also represents the DoD R&D community in international health agreements and domestic federal agency and non-government partnership in an effort to better serve missions, and medical readiness for 2.3 million service members through cross-collaborations.  

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 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 and authored numerous scientific and technical publications in the field of psychology, neurosciences, and national security matters. 

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