Dr. Herr is the head of the Office of Naval Research Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department - one of six science and technology departments in the ONR. He was selected to his current position in 2005 after having been a division director in the same department since 1998. The Ocean Battlespace department is responsibile for the Navy's and Marine corps's S&T in ocean and meteorological science, undersea warfare, mine warfare, and space technology. It is comprised of two divisions and fourteen programs spanning sensing, systems, ocean acoustics, ocean/atmosphere processes and predictions, and marine mammals. The department has also built and cares for six oceanographic research vessels forming the backbone of the US academic research fleet.
Dr. Herr currently is the U.S. National Representative for the Maritime Systems Group of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) coordinating technology among US, UK, AUS, CAN, and NZ. He also represents the US in the NATO Maritime Science and Technology Committee advising the NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation in La Spezia, Italy.