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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics – Human Capital Initiatives

Engineering

Career Responsibilities

Performs systems planning, research and development and/or engineering tasks to support acquisition programs. Engineers may plan, organize, conduct, and/or monitor engineering design, development and sustainment activities for systems or systems components with the Department of Defense.


Degree Requirements

All engineering degree fields.


Functional Leader

Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin portrait

Engineering

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) is the Functional Leader for the Engineering (ENG) acquisition workforce (AWF) career field. The ENG workforce is comprised of over 41,000 military and civilian employees located all over the United States as well as abroad.

Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin was appointed the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering in January 2016 while continuing as Principal Deputy, SE. She is the principal systems engineering advisor to the Secretary of Defense and is responsible for establishing and executing engineering policy and oversight across the Department. Her oversight includes concept engineering and analysis, design, development and manufacturing, and independent program review and assessment of the Department’s major acquisition programs. She leads more than 40,000 Defense acquisition professionals in the DoD Engineering (ENG) and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) workforce. Ms. Baldwin also serves as the acting Defense Standardization Executive. She oversees the DoD strategy for Trusted Systems Design.

A member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Ms. Baldwin leads modeling and simulation, system security engineering, program protection, system of systems engineering, and systems engineering research and development initiatives. She oversees the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center, a university-affiliated research center dedicated to advancing systems engineering methods, processes, and tools, and the MITRE National Security Engineering Center, a DoD federally funded research and development center.

Ms. Baldwin has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since 1998, where she has led the application of capabilities-based planning in the acquisition process and served as Deputy Director, Software Engineering and System Assurance. Before working with OSD, Ms. Baldwin served as a science and technology advisor in the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. Ms. Baldwin began her career at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal.

Ms. Baldwin was a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in 2014, in recognition of exemplary service.

Ms. Baldwin received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology.