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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense
for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)


Career Responsibilities

Creates effective, efficient, and proper business arrangements for the purpose of procuring hardware and software ultimately in support of the warfighter. They have a strategic focus on acquisition and ensure performance of all necessary actions for effective contracting, ensuring compliance with the terms of the contract and safeguarding the interests of the United States in its contractual relationships.

Degree Requirements

All degree fields. At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Functional Leader

Mr. Shay Assad portrait


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 Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) 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 Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) 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.