Lisa Swan, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), leads the Counter Improvised Threat Technologies Department at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). In this capacity, she is responsible for anticipatory, rapid acquisition of material solutions supporting combatant commanders’ response to new and emerging improvised threats. Prior to transitioning to DTRA’s Research and Development Directorate, Ms. Swan was Director of Material Solutions for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO).
Ms. Swan began her career in the commercial sector as an engineer for Newport News Shipbuilding. She joined Federal service in 1989 and was a plankholder in the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) headquarters, where she helped bring together eight disparate engineering organizations and laboratories into a cohesive warfare center of approximately 20,000 people. She transitioned to NSWC’s Dahlgren Division, leading multiple branches there and serving on the Command Staff, then moved to the Army to be Principal Deputy Director of the Biometrics Identity Management Agency (formerly the Biometrics Task Force), where she oversaw the integration, coordination, and synchronization of biometric technologies and capabilities across Department of Defense. Ms. Swan served as Deputy Director of the Headquarters, Department of the Army Air & Missile Defense Directorate, providing leadership and collaboration across the air and missile defense stakeholder community, which includes multiple elements of the Army and the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Missile Defense Agency, among others.
Ms. Swan holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University. She is Level III certified in Program Management and in Systems Planning, Research, Development & Engineering and is a graduate of the DoD Senior Acquisition Course, Naval Postgraduate School’s Identity Management Certification program and is a Certified Biometrics Professional.
Ms. Swan’s awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award and various other academic and leadership awards.