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From December 2013 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. She was the second woman to ever lead a military service in the United States.
Prior to this role, she served as President of SAIC's Technical and Engineering sector, a $2 billion, 8,700-person enterprise. Earlier in her career, Deborah held other P&L positions and worked in the Legislative Branch of government and the Department of Defense (DoD).
Deborah has deep expertise in strategic planning, risk management, public policy, cyber security, space, logistics, and innovation. Deborah is a proficient speaker on business and government topics, including issues in national security and world affairs, politics in Washington, business transformation leadership, mergers and acquisitions, cost reduction strategies, and diversity and inclusion.
She is an accomplished keynote speaker and enjoys working one-on-one as an Executive Mentor with C-suite level professions, sharing her expertise and providing advice on team building, organizational change management, partnering with the Federal Government, and transformational technology. Deborah is the author of the new book “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success” and she periodically appears on MSNBC, CBS, and other national news programs. Finally, Deborah serves on various for-profit and non-profit boards of directors. Deborah became a member and Chair of the Defense Business Board upon her appointment in September 2021.
23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force
SAIC, President, Technical and Engineering Sector
SAIC, Executive Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs
SAIC, General Manager, Command and Control Business Unit
Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Vice President, United Technologies, International Operations, and Marketing
Assistant Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs, DoD
Armed Services Committee, US House of Representatives
Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs - MIA, International Affairs
Duke University - AB, Comparative Area Studies
Member, Board of Directors: Textron, Unisys, Noblis, Systems & Technology Research, Atlantic Council, and PenFed Foundation
Advisor: Beacon Global Strategies LLC, Leanln.org, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory, Ursa Major Tech, and SOSi
Executive Mentor, ExCO Leadership
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies