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

Industrial Contract
Property Management

Career Responsibilities

Overseas and manages life cycle processes for government-owned property being utilized by contractors by developing and applying property systems analysis programs, participating in pre-award surveys and post award reviews.


Degree Requirements

All degree fields.


Functional Leader

Mr. Shay Assad portrait

Industrial Contract Property Management

Mr. Shay Assad assumed the role of Director of Defense Pricing in June of 2011. He is responsible for contract pricing matters within the Department of Defense (DoD). He serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD AT&L) and the Defense Acquisition Board on acquisition & procurement negotiation strategies for all major weapon systems programs, and major automated information systems programs. He is responsible for assisting the USD AT&L in the implementation of the Department’s Better Buying Power initiatives. Mr. Assad is DoD’s senior advisor for all program related contract negotiation matters, to include multiyear contracting. He also serves as co-leader and proponent of the Pricing and Contracting Community within the Department of Defense.

Upon graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972, he served two tours of duty aboard U.S. Navy destroyers and won recognition as the Outstanding Junior Officer, Fifth Naval District. He then served as a Naval Procurement Officer at the Naval Sea Systems Command.

In January 2009, he assumed the position of Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology; serving in an advisory function to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) on matters relating to the acquisition, integration and protection of technology. From December 15, 2009 to June 5, 2011, he performed the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD(A)).

Mr. Assad was awarded the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal is the highest non-valorous military and civilian decoration of the United States military which is issued for exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the United States in either a senior government service position or as a senior officer of the United States Armed forces or other Uniformed services.

He was also inducted into the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the Defense Acquisition University. His leadership was instrumental in the establishment of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund which will serves as a foundation of providing the necessary training to the workforce on an ongoing basis.

In December 2015, Mr. Assad was the recipient of a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award.