Bio - Jennifer Walsmith
Ms. Walsmith has served as the Senior Acquisition Executive (SAE) for the National Security Agency (NSA) since January 2006. In this role, she is responsible for all procurements in support of NSA's Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance missions. While managing the Agency's multi-billion dollar budget, she has focused on balancing acquisition discipline with mission agility. She has also placed a strong focus on leveraging industry expertise to maintain NSA's technological advantage.
Ms. Walsmith served in numerous positions in both industry and government throughout her career. After beginning as a Computer Systems Analysts at NSA, she joined private industry, where she managed several large software and database development efforts. Ms. Walsmith returned to the government in 1998 to serve as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Director of Acquisitions and Corporate Decisions Group. She subsequently returned to NSA, where she has held several positions of increasing responsibility within the Agency's Acquisition Directorate. Prior to becoming the SAE, she served as the Deputy SAE and the Deputy for NSA's first Program Executive Office (PEO).
Ms. Walsmith holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is DAWIA Level III Certified in Program Management and a member of the Acquisition Corps. She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters, Alexandra and Georgia.