Mr. Detter serves as executive vice president, and has a diverse background involving business, marketing, defense, federal contracting and program management.
From August 2009-August 2012, he was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, working on acquisition and R&D programs. His portfolio, roughly $55 billion annually, included expeditionary systems for the Marine Corps and the Navy such as amphibious assault vehicles, ground combat and other vehicles, body armor, biometrics, counter IED and other systems; naval R&D programs; urgent needs; and naval logistics and sustainment. He also had DoD-wide lead for key joint programs during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including MRAP and counter radio-controlled IED (JCREW) programs. He served as a member of the Navy’s Task Force Climate Change, set policy for the department’s Marine Mammals Program, and was responsible for the department’s annual S&T awards.
Before his work in the Pentagon, for 12 years he was president of Detter and Associates, LLC, a DC-area marketing firm. He worked on numerous Army and Air Force support programs. From 1994-96, he served as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as special assistant to the under secretary for Global Affairs at the State Department. While living in Riyadh, he worked to advance U.S. diplomatic and commercial interests. He later served in the legislative affairs division of the U.S. Agency for International Development, working on Near East regional programs.
He has worked in senior positions in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives. His legislative work included appropriations, defense, foreign policy and trade. He also served as a defense analyst for the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. Earlier in his career, he worked extensively with the news media, as a press secretary and as a journalist.
He currently serves on the board of the Virginia Military Institute. He is a former member of the Army Science Board; he also served as a consultant to the board. He has twice served on annual science award panels for the Army, and has worked closely with the Air Force and with NATO. He is active in his local community, and holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in journalism and political science.