Kim Herrington worked for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD A&S) as the principal director and acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, leaving in July 2021, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to this role, he served as the director for industrial base acquisition portfolio management. In this role, “he [was] responsible for critically analyzing the U.S. defense acquisition process to provide practical recommendations for improvisations with key focus areas such as Trusted Capital, Microelectronics, and Industrial Policy.” Herrington also served as the acting principal director, defense pricing and contracting where he served as the principal advisor to Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment Ellen Lord on issues pertaining to acquisition and procurement negotiation strategies for more than $300 billion in annual contract obligations.
In July 2021, Herrington joined defense contracting giant L3Harris Technologies, an international communications and information technology firm, as a vice president of government finance. Herrington is no stranger to working in private industry. Before joining the Defense Department, he served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer for Textron Systems, an aviation and industrial conglomerate including subsidiaries Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft, among others. He also worked at Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s top defense contractor, where he negotiated subcontracts on the F-117A program and, eventually, held a senior financial management role on the firm’s F-35 program, which is projected to cost taxpayers an estimated $1.727 trillion over its lifespan.
In fiscal year 2020, L3Harris was the tenth largest Department of Defense contractor, receiving over $6.1 billion in contracts.
Herrington did not respond to a POGO request for comment.
Principal Director/Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Policy,
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment,