By Michelle Milliner, ARL Public Affairs

Team Orlando members gathered to welcome incoming Army Research Laboratory Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) deputy director Col. Harold A. Buhl, Jr. on July 8. Buhl comes to HRED from the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation where he led for three years as the Project Manager, Combined Arms Tactical Trainers. There he managed the Army’s portfolio of virtual and gaming training capabilities that encompassed 71 product lines and a $3.1 billion budget through planning and programming years.

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Welcome to Col. Harry Buhl, the new deputy director for HRED, and STTC leader.


A native of Pennsylvania, he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Masters of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and National Resource Strategy. He is an Armor Officer, commissioned in 1988, and his decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Space Badge, Parachutist Badge and the OSD Badge. He and his wife Patricia just celebrated their 27 year anniversary in June. They have two children, Reagan and Matthew.

During his welcoming remarks, Buhl expressed the need to mitigate risks, exploit opportunities, and find a means to accelerate transition to serve both near-term needs and opening the envelope to further research and development to generate the next disruptive technology.

“In my professional philosophy, you have to row faster than the river. You may have the best kayak, but if you don’t row faster than the river, it will take you where it is going. To make history, not just be part of it, we will row faster than the river.” Buhl continued, “We will innovate and decide faster than our adversaries, and ensure our Army’s history. We have a time in history for HRED where we are the one to whom others will look to for innovative solutions. Our team in Orlando, and across HRED, is up to the challenge.”