Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, DOD
Ellen Lord’s personal mission as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment is to revolutionize the way the Department of Defense buys things, particularly technology. Since August 2017, Lord has overseen everything involving the Pentagon’s acquisition cycle and the defense industrial base. In particular, her office has played a vital role in the DOD’s recent major cloud efforts through the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure and been a strong advocate for rapid tech acquisition powered by the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental. Prior to her current appointment, Lord served as CEO of Textron Systems Corporation.