Sue C. Payton

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Sue C. Payton, of Virginia, was nominated April 25, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Research and Development. Ms. Payton currently serves as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts at the Department of Defense.


According to her DoD bio, in her role as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Payton has "oversight responsibilities for technology transition programs to include: Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations, Joint Warfighting Program, Foreign Comparative Test, Defense Acquisition Challenge, Technology Transition Initiative, ManTech, Defense Production Act Title III, Dual Use S&T, and TechLink. Prior to taking this position in September 2001, Ms. Payton was the Vice President, Applied Technology of ImageLinks, Inc. and the Director of the National Center for Applied Technology, responsible for the assessment, prototype development and insertion of commercial technology for DoD agencies and field users. These prototyping efforts included support to NIMA, DIA, US Navy, JCS/J2, USSOCOM, USCENTCOM, AFSOC, USAF battle labs, NSA and NRO to rapidly bring emerging commercial technology to the warfighter.

"From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Payton was responsible to the Vice President of Business Development, Lockheed Martin, for leveraging the latest information systems technology to meet the program needs of customers including NIMA, NRO, AF/ESC, Rome Laboratory, USACOM, ONI/NMIC, NAIC and National Systems Providers. From 1989 to 1994, Ms. Payton was the Senior Site Systems Integration Manager for Martin Marietta responsible for resolving complex technical issues associated with systems analysis and trade studies of competing Space and Ground Architectures, operations concepts, requirements definition, software test and transition to operations.

"Ms. Payton has extensive experience leading government and industry partnerships focused on applying commercially-based technology to solve IC and DoD C3I information access, analysis and delivery problems. She has been an invited briefer and panel member for the US Space Foundation, NIMA Defense Science Board, National Technology Alliance Executive Board, AFCEA Intelligence Committee, Joint Requirements Oversight Council, Defense University, JCS/J2 and DIA senior leaders, CIA DDS&T, USCENTCOM Battlespace Visualization senior staff and Office of Naval Research. She is the U.S. R&D Principal for the Declaration of Principles for Industrial Cooperation with the UK and Northern Ireland, Chairman of the Personnel Recovery Technology Working Group, a member of the Defense Science and Technology Advisory Group (DSTAG), National Technology Alliance Executive Board, and Purdue University President’s Council. She has served in various capacities with the Open Geospatial Consortium and the National Correlation Working Group.

"Ms. Payton received a BS from Eastern Illinois University, and an MS in Systems Management/Systems Technology from the University of Southern California. She is a 1998 graduate of the Goizueta Business School, Emory University Executive Program."

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