Jennifer Santos worked for the Department of Defense as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy until she was abruptly removed from the position in May 2020. In this role, Santos was the chief liaison to the defense industrial base and oversaw the implementation of the Defense Production Act. According to Inside Defense, Santos continued to work at the Department of the Navy as a research and development investment executive for the assistant secretary.
In March 2021, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory announced that Santos would join the firm’s National Security and Space business (NS&S) office as the Principal Director of Strategic Initiatives. Charles Stark Draper is a top 100 defense contractor which provides “guidance, navigation, [and] control systems.” Neil Adams, the Vice President of NS&S at Draper touted Santos’s “keen understanding of the policy, finance, regulatory technology and business aspects of military department acquisition…”
In her new role, Santos is expected to work extensively, and in collaboration, with the defense and aerospace industrial base.
In fiscal year 2020, Charles Stark Draper received over $464 million from the Defense Department.
Neil Adams, the vice president of NS&S at Draper touted Santos’s ‘keen understanding of the policy, finance, regulatory technology and business aspects of military department acquisition…”