About ATLA

Commissioner ATLA


Dr. Hideaki WATANABE
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency
Ministry of Defense

Dr. Hideaki WATANABE currently serves as the Commissioner for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA). In this capacity, as the first commissioner of the newly established agency, his responsibilities include formulating the strategy for maintaining the technological superiority and enhancing international cooperation and project management on major acquisition programs. Prior to this appointment, from October 2013 – September 2015 he served as the Director General of Technical Research and Development Institute. Under his leadership, major R&D programs, including C-2 development program and Japan-US joint program of SM-3 Block 2-A, were developed and government-academia partnership, including creation of funding for innovative technology was facilitated.

Dr. Watanabe joined Ministry of Defense (then Japan Defense Agency) in 1979 and spent nearly 32 years as technical official. During that period, he devoted himself to developing various radar systems, high performance anechoic chambers and network security technology. As Director General for Technology in Minister’s Secretariat from August 2011 until September 2013, he was in charge of providing advice on formulating MOD’s R&D strategy and other relevant government policies.

Dr. Watanabe has a Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Keio University.