Alan Shaffer worked for the Department of Defense as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, leaving in January 2021. In that role, Shaffer reported to Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord, and was responsible “for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and material readiness,” including leveraging the Defense Production Act to support the U.S. defense industrial base.
In July 2021, several months after leaving the Pentagon, Shaffer was named to the Government Security Committee at GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor and chip manufacturer with twenty locations around the world. In March 2021, the firm received a Defense Production Act Title III contract to strengthen the Defense Department’s microelectronics industrial base. The deal was worth an estimated $8 million and served as the “latest collaboration in the longstanding partnership between the [Defense Department] and [GlobalFoundries].”
Prior to leaving the Pentagon, in an interview with Breaking Defense, Shaffer had pushed for the U.S. to increase funding in new and emerging software, warning that China was accelerating the development of semiconductors and microelectronics. In a company press release, the firm touted Shaffer’s wide range of leadership roles at the Defense Department. Saam Azar, senior vice president of corporate development, legal and government affairs, stated, “Secretary Shaffer brings a wealth of experience to GF’s GSC, further expanding our expertise in security and intelligence matters, and increasing GF’s reach across industries and the national security community.”
Secretary Shaffer brings a wealth of experience to GF’s GSC, further expanding our expertise in security and intelligence matters, and increasing GF’s reach across industries and the national security community.
Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment,
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment,