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Sue Carol Payton -- Department of Defense
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

Ms. Sue C. Payton is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. She is the Air Force's service acquisition executive, responsible for all Air Force research, development and non-space acquisition activities. She provides direction, guidance and supervision of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, approval and execution of acquisition plans, policies and programs. Ms Payton directs $30 billion annual investments that include major programs like the F/A-22, F-35, C-17 and munitions, as well as capability areas such as information technology and command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. She formulates and executes the $210 billion Air Force investment strategy to acquire systems and support services to provide combat capability to joint warfighting commanders. Previously, working with the military services, defense agencies, industry, coalition partners and combatant commands she had oversight responsibilities for technology transition programs (Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations, Joint Warfighting Program, Foreign Comparative Test, Defense Acquisition Challenge, Technology Transition Initiative, ManTech, Defense Production Act Title III, and TechLink). While working for ImageLinks, Inc. and the National Center for Applied Technology, she was responsible for the assessment, prototype development and insertion of commercial technology for DoD Agencies and worldwide field users. During her tenure with Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta, Ms. Payton was responsible for leveraging the latest information systems technology needs of DoD and Intelligence Community and resolved complex acquisition and technical issues. Ms. Payton has extensive experience leading government and industry partnerships focused on maturing and applying technology, operations concepts, tactics, techniques and procedures to solve national security problems worldwide.

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