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2019 Defense Services Conference Speakers
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment
Mr. Alan R. Shaffer currently serves as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S). Senate confirmed in January 2019, he is responsible to the Under Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and material readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.
The Honorable Veronica B. Daigle
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness
Ms. Daigle was confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness on June 27, 2019. She is the principal staff advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) on all matters related to military readiness. In that capacity, she oversees the policies and programs that ensure the Total Force (Active, National Guard, and Reserve) of the United States is ready for the missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense.
Darrell K. Williams
LTG, U.S. Army, Director, Defense Logistics Agency
LTG Williams serves as the 19th Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he leads the Defense Department’s $38B combat support agency for worldwide logistics. He directs nine supply chains supporting the U.S. Military Services and Global Commands, as well as federal, state, local and international partners. DLA provides food, medical material, uniforms, construction equipment, fuel, and spare parts for military weapons systems. He oversees an international network of 34 distribution centers, and a global workforce of over 26,000 people.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation
Mr. Bray serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN (RDT&E)) under the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)). Mr. Bray is responsible for executive oversight of all matters related to RDT&E Budget Activities, Science and Engineering, Advanced Research and Development, Prototyping and Experimentation, and Test and Evaluation. He is also responsible for oversight and stewardship of the Department of Navy Research and Development Establishment including naval laboratories, warfare centers and systems centers.
Robert S. Clarke
Deputy Program Executive Officer for Combat and Mission Support (PEO/CM), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
Mr. Clarke provides leadership in the acquisition of Air Force services and is responsible for advising the PEO with respect to a portfolio of more than $190 billion in existing and planned contracts across the Air Force. He provides oversight for acquisition planning, competitive selection processes, performance-based acquisition, and deployment of management controls for service acquisitions.
William S. Williford III
Executive Director, Marine Corps Systems Command
Mr. Williford was named Executive Director, Marine Corps Systems Command, in December 2016. In this position, he serves as the senior civilian official responsible for leading and directing daily business operations for the Command to equip and sustain Marine Forces with the most capable and cost effective full-spectrum ground weapon and information technology systems for current and future expeditionary and crisis-response operations. Marine Corps Systems Command is a team of 2500 acquisition professionals executing annually $9 billion of Marine Corps appropriations putting great capability in the hands of Marines.
Vice Admiral Luke M. McCollum
Chief of Navy Reserve, Commander, Navy Reserve Force
Vice Adm. Luke McCollum is a native of Stephenville, Texas, and is the son of a WWII veteran. He is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is a designated surface warfare officer. McCollum holds a Master of Science in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College and is also a graduate of Capstone, the Armed Forces Staff College Advanced Joint Professional Military Education curriculum and the Royal Australian Naval Staff College in Sydney.
William F. Moore
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G4, Headquarters, U.S. Army
Mr. Bill Moore was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in October 2006 and is currently the HQDA Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G4 (Tier 3) responsible for Army logistics plans, policy and programs. In this role, he serves as the Army’s leading Civilian expert and authority on logistics, managing a budget of over $10B/year. Previously, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff G-1/4 (Personnel, Logistics and Engineering), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) (SES Tier 2).
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Policy, DoD
Appointed in June 2019, Ms. Jennifer Santos currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (IndPol). In this capacity, she is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment for analyzing the capabilities, overall health, and policies concerning the industrial base on which the Department relies for current and future warfighting capabilities. IndPol is also responsible for developing the Department’s position on the business combinations and transactions, both foreign and domestic, that shape and affect national security.
Craig A. Robin
Senior Research Scientist, Technical Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Dr. Craig A. Robin is the technical adviser and coordinator for the development, implementation, and oversight of the command's high energy laser programs and other directed energy initiatives. He is responsible for the overview, execution, and coordination of programs in basic research, exploratory development, advanced development, and system integration in the technological and functional areas of directed energy weapons necessary to advance the pioneering development of revolutionary military systems and equipment.
The Honorable Allie Coetzee Leslie
Rear Admiral (ret), U.S. Navy, AC Leslie Consulting LLC
The Honorable Althea (“Allie”) Coetzee Leslie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 and retired from the Navy in 2017 as a 2-Star Rear Admiral. She received her MBA (Law) from National University, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award (Criminal Law). Allie transitioned into the Navy Reserve and the private sector in 1993. In her civilian capacity, she has worked in the public sectors, including municipal, state, and federal government agencies; and the Department of Defense. In the private sector, Allie worked in retail distribution, contracting, and medical device manufacturing; and, from 2005 to 2010, was a small business owner.
The Honorable Gabe Camarillo
Vice President, Strategy and Planning Defense Systems Customer Group
The Honorable Gabe Camarillo is vice president, strategy and planning, in the Defense Systems customer group. He is responsible for supporting thestrategic direction and growth of all group customer accounts. Gabe joined SAIC in 2017. He is the former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the official responsible for overall supervision of manpower and Reserve component affairs of the Department of the Air Force in December 2015.