Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James is SAIC Sector President, and has overall responsibility for the deployment of employees, technology development, and thought leadership for programs and business development efforts. She oversees the efforts of employees who perform network integration, emerging IT solutions and managed services, software/ hardware integration, mission and SETA, logistics and supply chain, and training and simulation for U.S. government, state/local, and commercial customers. Most recently at SAIC, she was President of the Technical and Engineering Sector. Before that, she was Executive Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs, responsible for media relations, marketing communications, congressional affairs, policy analysis, compliance with laws governing engagement with public officials, corporate responsibility, and community relations. Her experience prior to SAIC includes serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Business Executives for National Security, and as Vice President, International Operations and Marketing, at United Technologies Corp.
Having worked for a decade as a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, Debbie is knowledgeable of the operations of the U.S. Congress. She specialized in military personnel and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issues. She was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In this capacity, she oversaw budgets in excess of $10 billion, supervised a staff of more than 100 people, and served as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to the 1.8 million National Guard and Reserve Forces.
Debbie has a bachelor’s degree in comparative studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She is active with several professional and charitable organizations, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Women in International Security (WIIS) Executive Circle; and the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). She also serves as Chairperson of the PenFed Foundation National Advisory Board, and an advisory board member of the Women in Military Service Memorial Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Campaign; the Citadel School of Engineering; and the College of Charleston School of Language Culture and World Affairs.
SAIC is a leading technology integrator providing full lifecycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC’s deep domain knowledge and customer relationships enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex government and commercial projects. SAIC’s approximately 14,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. federal government, state/local, and global commercial markets, specializing in providing a broad range of higher-end, differentiated technical capabilities. Headquartered in McLean, Va.,SAIC has annual revenues of about $4 billion. For more information, visit http://www.saic.com/.