The mission of the WashingtonExec Department of Defense Council is to bring together thought leaders and executives from the Defense Industry and Federal Government’s Defense Department to facilitate open, transparent, and trusted dialogue, on perspectives between industry executives and their counterparts in government. The desired goal is to foster the exchange of ideas and open communication, leading to a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the Department, and to enhance dialogue and partnership between industry and government to the benefit of U.S. national security. The DoD Council will focus on issues and concerns that matter most, where defense challenges and interests might be addressed by new technologies and new ideas, and where increased collaboration and partnership are necessary for the Department of Defense to overcome shortcomings related to legacy infrastructure, business processes and workforce. The purpose of the Council’s executive engagements is to inspire idea sharing and a sense of community and shared responsibility for the nation’s defense.
Senior Vice President, Defense at GDIT
Leigh Palmer is GDIT’s senior vice president for the defense division, reporting to President Amy Gilliland. She oversees the delivery of mission-critical services and solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense and other government customers. Leigh previously served as GDIT’s senior vice president for the national security division, which supported programs in the homeland security and intelligence communities.
Prior to GDIT, Leigh served as executive vice president for the intelligence group at CSRA. There she managed mission-critical support for the intelligence community by delivering a broad spectrum of IT services.
Leigh has held multiple senior-level positions within Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. At BAE, she served as vice president of national information technology mission solutions, vice president of advanced programs, cybersecurity director and other management roles overseeing technology deployment programs.
Leigh earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.