Ellen Lord was the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, leaving in January 2021. In this role, Lord was in charge of “supervising all elements of acquisition, sustainment, the defense industrial base, and the modernization of nuclear forces.” After leaving the Pentagon, Lord joined numerous companies which touted her experience leading the defense department’s acquisition office.
In February 2021, Lord joined The Chertoff Group as a senior advisor. The Chertoff Group is a consulting and lobbying firm founded by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. In this role, Lord “provides counsel regarding defense programs, homeland security and the protection of critical infrastructure.” Chertoff touted Lord’s career stating that, “Ellen’s deep background in aerospace and defense, both in government and private sectors, coupled with her business acumen will add immense value to our clients.”
In July 2021, Lord also joined the newly formed strategic advisory board at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) , a federal contractor for the defense department and a top 100 recipient in fiscal year 2020, receiving nearly $2.4 billion from the Pentagon. As a board member, Lord will primarily “advise company leaders on customer priorities, acquisition policy, potential disruptions in the environment as well as possible new growth areas.” In a company press statement, SAIC’s CEO, Nazzic Keene, touted Lord’s “experience in both industry and the federal government.”
In a request for comment, press relations director for SAIC, Brad Bass, stated that: “[Lord’s] consulting work for SAIC complies with all applicable post-employment restrictions,” and that “she does not represent the company to the Defense Department or other parties in any way."
Ellen’s deep background in aerospace and defense, both in government and private sectors, coupled with her business acumen will add immense value to our clients.”
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment,