2021 Annual Sponsor Research Review
Mr. Christopher C. O’Donnell
Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
Mr. Chris O’Donnell is currently performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. In this position, he advises the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition System, acquisition program management, and the development of strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare, command and control, and business systems.
Prior to coming to the Pentagon, he was the Head of the Acquisition and Technology Department, at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. He led a group of scientists, engineers and technicians that develop, test, acquire and maintain equipment for the over 5,000 Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians. He has received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medals for Exceptional and Meritorious Civilian Service, two Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards, a David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, a Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and a Naval Sea Systems Command Collaboration Award. He is married to Amy, the Deputy Technical Director at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head. Their three children are Alan, a Virginia Tech Electrical Engineer; Calaa, a University of Washington Architect; and Caitie, a Clemson Electrical Engineer.
PANEL ON AIRC SYSTEMIC IMPACT
Preceding the Panel, the following three briefings discussing systemic issues around acquisition innovation were delivered:
– “Digital Acquisition & Sustainment: A Vision and Strategy for Improving Outcomes” by Dr. Philip S. Antón, AIRC Chief Scientist
– “Transforming Public-Private Ecosystems: Understanding and Enabling Innovation in Complex Systems” by Dr. William “Bill” B. Rouse, Georgetown University
– “Acquisition Policy Test Range and Operations ” by Dr. Dennis K. McBride, Virginia Tech
Moderated by Dr. Dinesh Verma, Executive Director, AIRC
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