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Secretary Deborah Lee James

Deborah Lee James has a three-decade track record of leading, transforming, and driving lasting results in the Legislative and Executive branches of Government (U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense) and private industry (SAIC, United Technologies Corporation, Business Executives for National Security). Deborah served on a number of non-profit Boards of Directors including the Atlantic Council, USO, and PenFed Foundation, where she chaired the Advisory Board. She also worked extensively with the SAIC Board of Directors, particularly on matters of reputational risk management. Through January 2017, Deborah served as the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force with responsibility for 660,000 military and civilian personnel and a budget of nearly $140 billion. Prior to this role, she served as President of SAIC’s Technical and Engineering sector, a $2 billion, 8,700-person enterprise. Deborah has deep expertise in strategic planning, risk management, public policy, cyber security, logistics and innovation.

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