To shield against the threat of great power competition within the realm of national security and defense, the acquisition process plays a pivotal role. In particular, the speed and security of the acquisition process are paramount. To address this challenge, DAU is leading an effort to increase the sense of urgency across the national security ecosystem, industry, and academia by embracing a set of principles to change the way the acquisition workforce thinks, learns, and leads in terms of acquisition programs and outcomes. Join us for this special edition of "Think Differently" to hear from thought leaders across the DoD, DAU, academia, and industry and engage in the conversation to center acquisition on speed AND security
Dr. Marina Theodotou, Organizational Change Expert, User Experience Directorate, DAU
She focuses on inspiring and empowering the DoD workforce to think differently, learn deliberately, and lead boldly.
David Rader is Deputy Director in the Office of Foreign Investment Review at the Department of Defense. David's portfolio focus is on national economic security, foreign direct investment, trade policy, and matters under the purview of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). David holds a BA in Political Science, MA in Government, JD in Corporate Bankruptcy Law, and an MS in Finance. David is a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Scott Tait is the Executive Director of the National Security Innovation Catalyst at UCSD. He previously served 27 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, where he held senior policy positions, with a focus in Indo-Asia, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5), Pacific Fleet staff and U.S. Seventh Fleet staff.
Dr. Rebecca Keiser
Dr. Rebecca Spyke Keiser is the Chief of Research Security Strategy and Policy (CORSSP) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Keiser is the first CORSSP, a position established in March 2020 to ensure the security of federally funded research while maintaining open international collaboration. In this role, Keiser provides the NSF director with policy advice on all aspects of research security strategy. She also leads NSF's efforts to develop and implement efforts to improve research security and the agency's coordination with other federal agencies and the White House.
Dr. Gallop is the Director for the DAU Leadership Center. In that role, his charged with delivering leadership learning and development opportunities to all levels of the Acquisition Workforce. He places special emphasis on the civilian members of the Acquisition Workforce.
Jay Young is a Senior Advisor with Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis (OCEA), Strategic Initiatives. He has had a long career in industry which has included senior positions in strategy/planning and marketing/sales in several industries including diversified manufacturing, information technology services, and management consulting. He is also a retired Naval Reserve Captain who, during his 25-year career, commanded two reserve intelligence units, and served with Indo-Pacific Command, Southern Command, and US 7th Fleet, as well as supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Mr. Steve Blasch joined the DAU team in 2017 after completing a 23 year career in the United States Navy and four years as a DoD contractor. He is an instructor for six modules in RQM 3100; the course manager for RQM 4030 (Requirements Executive Overview); and Navy Customer Liaison on the DAU team, responsible for the development of capability requirements workforce. In this role he works closely with the Joint Staff, OSD, Services, and Agencies to comply with Section 801 of the Fiscal Year 2007 National Defense Authorization Act and holds a Level C in Requirements Management Certification Training.
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