Inspiring Others To Soar

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.


Deborah has deep expertise in strategic planning, risk management, public policy, cyber security, space, logistics and innovation. Deborah is an accomplished 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. 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.


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Today's Affiliations
  • Chair, Defense Business Board

  • Member, Board of Directors

    • Textron

    • Unisys

    • Noblis

    • Systems & Technology Research

    • Firefly Aerospace

    • Atlantic Council

    • Locator X

    • Penfed Foundation

    • Improbable LLC

  • Advisor

    • Beacon Global Strategies LLC​

    • LeanIn.org

    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory

    • Ursa Major Tech

    • SOSi

  • Executive Mentor, ExCo​

  • Senior Advisor​, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Special Advisor, Bain & Company

  • Special Advisor, Avascent

Previous Experience
  • 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

  • Assistant Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs, DOD

  • Vice President, United Technologies, International Operations and Marketing

  • Armed Services Committee, US House of Representatives

  • Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs

    • MIA, International Affairs

  • Duke University

    • AB, Comparative Area Studies