Keynote Speakers at vIITSEC 2020

Service Keynote

Honorable Alan R. Shaffer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Honorable Alan R. Shaffer
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

The Honorable 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.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Shaffer served as the Director, NATO Collaboration Support Office in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating and synchronizing the Science and Technology (S&T) collaboration between NATO member and partner Nations, comprising a network of about 5,000 scientists. Previous to his role at NATO, Mr. Shaffer served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) from 2007-2015. In this position, Mr. Shaffer was responsible for formulating, planning and reviewing the DoD Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) pro-grams, plans, strategy, priorities, and execution of the DoD RDT&E budget that totals roughly $25 billion per year. He has also served twice as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering from 2007-2009 and 2012-2015.

Before entering the federal government, Mr. Shaffer served a 24-year United States Air Force career in command, weather, intelligence and acquisition oversight with assignments in Utah, California, Ohio, Honduras, Germany, Virginia and Nebraska. Mr. Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Utah, a Master of Science in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was awarded the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2004, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2007 and 2015.

Industry Keynote

Nazzic S. Keene, Chief Executive Officer, SAIC

Nazzic S. Keene
Chief Executive Officer, SAIC

Nazzic S. Keene is chief executive officer of SAIC (NYSE: SAIC), headquartered in Reston, Virginia. With annual pro forma revenues of $7.1 billion and 25,500 employees, SAIC provides system integration, engineering, and IT solutions to defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies. Keene became CEO and was elected to SAIC’s Board of Directors in August 2019. She joined SAIC in 2012 and has previously held several increasingly responsible executive positions with the company, including chief operating officer, president of the company’s Global Markets & Missions sector, and senior vice president for Corporate Strategy.

As COO, a position she held starting in 2017, Keene was responsible for overseeing daily operations of the corporation, including its long-term strategy for sustained profitable growth. Keene has three decades of experience in the information systems and technology services industries, with more than 20 years in executive management. Prior to joining SAIC, Keene was the senior vice president and general manager for U.S. Enterprise Markets at CGI and led the company’s U.S. expansion. This included all aspects, from strategy development and execution to operational excellence and leadership development. Keene began her career in the communications and IT industry after completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona.

She is the recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s 2018 COO of the Year Award, as well as the Washington Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Award. Keene is currently a member of ADP’s board of directors and the Inova Health System Board of Trustees. She has previously served on the boards of Wolf Trap, Capital Partners for Education, Year-Up National Capital Region, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She was also an executive committee member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.