Deborah Lee James

U.S. Air Force

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Chosen to 2016 Wash100 for Acquisition Program Leadership

Lee-Deborah_James_wash100_2016Executive Mosaic is pleased to introduce U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James as an inductee into the 2016 edition of the Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of influential leaders in the government contracting industry.

The three-decade national and homeland security veteran has held her position since 2013 and is responsible for the service branch’s annual budget worth at least $139 billion.

James told ExecutiveGov in a July 2015 interview that the Air Force plans to set up a new facility in Colorado in an effort to facilitate collaboration on cybersecurity between soldiers and industry.

“We very much want to leverage the creativity and the innovation coming out of the private sector,” James said.

James also helped oversee the Air Force’s award of the multi-year, multi-billion dollar Long Range Strike Bomber contract to Northrop Grumman in October 2015 and told defense industry reporters then that the service branch used outside analysts to prepare independent cost estimates for LRS-B.

“Our goal in the Air Force will be to beat these independent cost estimates through the application of ‘should cost’ initiatives, which we have successfully used on other programs as part of DoD’s Better Buying Power 3.0 and our own Bending the Cost Curve initiatives,” James said.

Later a National Press Club event in December, James stated that the service branch wants to buy the maximum allotment of 100 LRS-B aircraft.

She assumed an additional role in October of principal space adviser at the Defense Department, where she chairs the Defense Space Council and offers recommendations to DoD secretary, deputy defense secretary and other senior department officials on space issues.

Prior to her appointment at the Air Force, she served as president of the technical and engineering sector at Science Applications International Corp. and held other executive roles there in her 11-year stint at SAIC.

Executive Mosaic offers its congratulations to Deborah Lee James and the Air Force team for their selection to receive this award.

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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Aims to Increase Number of Active-Duty Airmen Sep 20, 2016
Deborah Lee James: More Assessment Needed Before DoD's Final Cost Estimate for Nuclear Modernization Sep 09, 2016
Obama Nominates Lt. Gen. John Raymond to Head Air Force Space Command Sep 09, 2016
Air Force Creates New Task Force to Reduce Extra Duties on Uniformed Personnel Aug 22, 2016
Deborah Lee James: Air Force Seeks to Expedite FMS Process Via Training Program for Security Cooperation Officers Aug 19, 2016
Deborah Lee James: Long Continuing Resolution Could Delay 60 Air Force Acquisition Programs Aug 11, 2016
Reports: Gen. Hawk Carlisle Eyes IOC for F-35A Within August-December Window Jul 11, 2016
Air Force Selects Enlisted Airmen to Undergo Global Hawk Training Course Jul 07, 2016
Deborah Lee James: Conflicts on Earth Could Extend to Space Jun 27, 2016
Eielson AFB to House Lockheed-Built F-35As for Air Force Training; Mark Welsh Comments Apr 05, 2016
Air Force Begins Forward Operating Base Alternative Energy Project; Deborah Lee James Comments Apr 01, 2016
Senate Panel Approves Eric Fanning’s Army Secretary Nomination Mar 11, 2016
Air Force Presents Design of Future Northrop-Built Long Range Strike Bomber Mar 01, 2016
Air Force Unveils Northrop's B-21 LRS Bomber Aircraft Feb 29, 2016
Reports: Boeing-Lockheed Team to Drop Protest of Air Force Bomber Contract Award to Northrop Feb 26, 2016
Darlene Costello Named Principal Deputy Asst Sec for Acquisition, Logistics at USAF Feb 12, 2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Chosen to 2016 Wash100 for Acquisition Program Leadership Feb 04, 2016
Boeing Awarded Contract for Risk Reduction Support on Future Air Force One Feb 01, 2016
Deborah Lee James: Govt-Industry Collaboration Drives '21st Century' Air Force Acquisition System Jan 15, 2016
Air Force Eyes Purchase of 100 Bomber Planes From Northrop Grumman Dec 04, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Air Force Seeks Full 100-Plane Buy for LRS Bomber Program Dec 03, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Budget Decisions an Air Force Leadership Challenge Oct 05, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Pentagon Must Boost Investments in Air Force’s ‘High-End Fight’ Training Oct 01, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Long-Term CR Would Give Air Force $13B Budget Hit Sep 23, 2015
Deborah Lee James: CR's Top-Line Funding Number Lower Than Sequestration Budget Sep 21, 2015
Deborah James, Mark Welsh: Full-Year Continuing Resolution May Halt Air Force Procurement Efforts Aug 26, 2015
Deborah Lee James: USAF to Deploy F-22s for Military Training in Europe Aug 25, 2015
Air Force Sec. Deborah Lee James, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves Visit Northrop Space Park Facility; Tom Vice Comments Aug 14, 2015
Report Calls for More Flexibility in National Security Launch Certification Process Jul 28, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Cyber, Space Investments Challenge USAF Jul 27, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Future USAF Cyber Hub to House Collaboration for Soldiers, Industry Jul 14, 2015
Air Force Officials Seek to 'Get It Right' on Long-Range Bomber Procurement Jul 10, 2015
Potomac Officers Club Adds Roberto Rodriguez to Speaker Lineup for the 2015 Air Force Forum Jul 09, 2015
Potomac Officers Club Announces Venue Change for the 2015 Air Force Forum Jul 08, 2015
Potomac Officers Club Expands Speakers List for the 2015 Air Force Forum Jul 06, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Air Force Eyes Separate Competition for Bomber Aircraft Subsystems Jun 16, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Air Force Eyes Future US Space Capabilities Jun 05, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Air Force Seeks $10B Boost for Personnel, Modernization, Stewardship Programs Mar 02, 2015
Air Force Sec. Deborah James Wants 2019 Deadline Extended for US-Made Rocket Engine Feb 26, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Air Force Requests $10B Funding Boost for 2016 Feb 17, 2015
USAF Wants Boeing 747-8 for Air Force One Replacement Jan 29, 2015
SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against US Air Force; Deborah Lee James Comments Jan 26, 2015
Deborah Lee James: Air Force to Renew Base Closure, Aircraft Retirement Campaigns Jan 20, 2015
Deborah Lee James: USAF Acquisition Initiative Eyes Process Improvement, Industry Engagement, Competition Jan 16, 2015
Deborah Lee James: USAF to Keep Force Size, Pay Raise in FY 2015 Dec 18, 2014

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