COL Dennis McGurk, PhD

Medical Department Representative

U.S. Army Futures Command

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COL Dennis McGurk is the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) representative to the Army Futures Command (AFC) in Austin, TX. AFC’s mission is to integrate the future force modernization enterprise in order to provide the Army the concepts, force designs, requirements, and materiel solutions required to deter and, when necessary, decisively defeat a future peer adversary.

Previously, COL McGurk was the Director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP), Ft Detrick, MD. The MOMRP is responsible for managing research to develop effective medical countermeasures against combat and operational stressors to maximize Service member health, readiness and performance.

COL McGurk entered the military in 1990 as an Infantryman in the Army Reserve.  He was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 1994. COL McGurk earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2002. He has served as a Platoon Leader, Operations Officer, Company Commander, Research Branch Chief, and Detachment Commander. During his 24+ years of military service, COL McGurk has deployed to Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

He has published in peer-reviewed journals, was the lead author on two book chapters, has presented to numerous scientific and military conferences and has briefed many senior military leaders to include the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy.