Former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology
Dean G. Popps served two Administrations as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) and the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE). He served in the Department of the Army as a political appointee from 2004 to 2010. He officially retired from government in April 2010 after his successor was confirmed by the United States Senate. Popps led the execution of the Army’s acquisition function and the acquisition management system which included more than 600 Army and Joint Programs of Record and an annual procurement budget of $90B during wartime. His responsibilities included providing oversight for the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems and equipment from research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition. Popps also oversaw the Elimination of Chemical Weapons Program.
In addition, he was responsible for appointing, managing, and evaluating Program Executive Officers (PEOs) and managing the 42,000 person Army Acquisition Corps and the Army Acquisition Workforce. In 2009, he appointed the first woman to a PEO position in the history of the Army Acquisition Corps. He responsible for communicating key acquisition messages and information to Congress. Popps has had a long and accomplished career in the private sector both before and after his government service. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He and his wife reside in McLean, Va and have four adult children.