Day 1 – Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland is the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) (ASD(A)). In this role, she is the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on matters relating to acquisition. Previously, she served as the President of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) where she continued to build DAU’s outstanding reputation as the DoD’s primary learning institution while overseeing the development and expansion of acquisition curriculum. This included addressing the ever changing Defense Acquisition climate as required by the Under Secretary of Defense’s (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) “Better Buying Power” initiatives, and the recent National Defense Authorization Act directions and guidance. Prior to DAU Mrs. McFarland held positions at the Missile Defense Agency as Director for Acquisition; at Marine Corps System Command, where she was responsible for the acquisition of the USMC Aviation and Ground Command and Control, radars/sensors, air defense, Combat ID and Cooperative Engagement Capability initiatives; and Director, Battle Management and Air Defense Systems (BMADS). Mrs. McFarland’s has received numerous accolades and awards including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for 2011, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Department of the Navy, United States Marine Corps, Commendation Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service,
Day 2 – Leanne Caret
Leanne Caret is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), a $33 billion business unit with 56,000 employees worldwide specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Ms. Caret is responsible for all financial activities of BDS, including its three businesses – Boeing Military Aircraft, Network & Space Systems, and Global Services & Support – as well as an advanced technology development organization known as Phantom Works. She leads an international organization of nearly 5,000 employees that includes teams in financial planning and analysis, accounting, estimating, contracts and pricing, integrated scheduling, rate forecasting, procurement financial analysis, and business operations and earned value management compliance. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Caret was vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, a division of the Boeing Military Aircraft business unit. In this role she was responsible for business growth and program execution for a portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft, including the AH-64 Apache, H-47 Chinook, AH-6, V-22 Osprey and SB>1 Defiant. Previously, Ms. Caret was vice president, Vertical Lift and the H-47 program manager. In this role she led the production and modernization efforts for the U.S. Army and Special Operations Forces Chinook programs, which include the CH-47F and MH-47G. In addition, Ms. Caret directed activities for international programs in 18 countries operating Chinooks. Ms. Caret is Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors for AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society, and is a member of Women in Aviation International. She also serves on the Widener University Board of Trustees.
Day 3 -David (DAVE) Oliver
Dave Oliver’s diverse career has included extensive experience in government and industry, as well as military. He retired in June from EADS North America, Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of EADS North American Defense Company; Oliver also served as chief executive officer of the defense division of EADS NA. He served in Iraq as the Director of Management and Budget for the Coalition Forces. Previously, he served as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, a position he assumed after having worked as an executive at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Oliver completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy in 1995, retiring as a Rear Admiral.