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James Finley -- Department of Defense
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology

James I. Finley is the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. The Senate confirmed him to his position in February 2006. As the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (A&T), Mr. Finley is responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on matters relating to acquisition and the integration and protection of technology. He is responsible for Department policies and procedures governing the Department’s procurement and acquisition process. Prior to joining the Department of Defense in his current position, Mr. Finley spent over 30 years in the private sector. He held a variety of operational and management positions with General Electric, Singer, Lear Siegler, United Technologies and General Dynamics, where he was a Corporate Officer, President of Information Systems and Chair of the Business Development Council. His business experience spans air, land, sea and space programs for the Department of Defense and also includes the Federal Aviation Administration’s Automatic Surface Detection Radar systems and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Shuttle Program. Systems and subsystems experience includes mission analysis, design, development and deployment of weapon delivery, flight control, navigation, information management, C4ISR, battle space management and chemical/biological defense systems. He has over two decades of Joint program experience including: Air/Land Battle demonstrations integrating the Airborne Warning and Control System with 9th ID ground radar systems leading to Joint C4, utilizing the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System; deployment of the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System to Desert Storm leading to the tracking of critical mobile targets and the “Mother of all Retreats”; System-of-Systems Battlefield Awareness and Data Dissemination demonstrations leading to information centric warfare doctrine for joint operations. Leadership examples of Performance Awards include the Boeing Gold Certification Award, Honeywell Preferred Supplier Award, Northrop Grumman Blue Achievement, Lockheed Martin Best In Class Rating, Defense Security Service “Outstanding” Achievement Award and the George Westinghouse Award. In 2002, Mr. Finley formed his own consulting company, The Finley Group, LLC, that provided business assistance and advice for all facets of the business cycle including start-up, growth, acquisition and divestiture. Those market initiatives focused on information technology, retailing and golf. Mr. Finley will be residing in Virginia with his wife, Sharon. They have six children and four grandchildren. Mr. Finley enjoys hobbies of golf and cycling. Mr. Finley received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.

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