Executive Mosaic is pleased to announce Betty Sapp, current director of the National Reconnaissance Office, has been inducted into the 2018 edition of the Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena–for her work in spearheading intelligence efforts in satellite reconnaissance pertaining to matters of national security.
Sapp, appointed as the 18th Director of the agency in July 2012, supervises and directs all that the NRO does, carrying out assignments issued by the defense secretary and the national intelligence director.
Others in the intelligence community saw Sapp’s potential from miles away, enthused by her attention to detail, experiential prowess and leadership method in exercising acquisitions and operations.
“Betty gets budgeting, programming, and acquisition. She’s loyal, known as a quiet professional who has always made sure she kept the trains running, freeing up her bosses to take strong leadership positions on issues and drive change in their respective domains. Now, she’ll have the opportunity to lead the NRO at a critically important time,” said Keith Masback, president of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and former senior official at NGA. “She is disciplined and methodical, and her peers trust her. Beyond that, she’s trusted by seniors in the Pentagon, the IC, and on the Hill. She’ll do a great job at NRO.”
Sapp with her straightforward approach stated during the 2016 Intelligence and National Security Summit that one of the NRO’s major acquisition programs is “at risk of not meeting schedule or performance goals.”
“One of the agency’s 17 programs [was] ‘in the yellow,’ which generally means it is at moderate risk of breaching cost and schedule baselines,” said Sapp, speculating an expectation that the program would be “delivered soon.”
Sapp shared with the group that “We’ve always done well on performance. Cost and schedule–not so much, in the past, but we’ve changed that, and we’re doing very, very well,” she said.
“The notion that we should be more transparent about who we are and what we do makes a lot of sense,” Sapp said.
DNRO Sapp started out her government career as a United States Air Force officer in a variety of acquisition and financial management positions, including: business management positions within the NRO; Program Element Monitor at the Pentagon for the MILSTAR system; Program Manager for the FLTSATCOM program at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, California; and manager of a joint-service venture at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1997 and took on senior management positions, including that of Deputy Director of the NRO for Business Plans and Operations; Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Portfolio, Programs and Resources; and Principal Deputy Director of NRO (PDDNRO).
Executive Mosaic congratulates Betty Sapp and the NRO team for receiving this award.
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About The Wash100
This year represents our fifth annual Wash100 award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement, and vision.
This year represents our fifth annual Wash100 award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic's organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement, and vision.
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