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Mr. Dave Patterson is the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). As the Principal Deputy, he is directly responsible for advising and assisting the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) with oversight of the DoD financial management activities, to include administration of a $400 billion budget. His responsibilities also include developing and implementing DoD financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization programs. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Patterson was a Senior Executive Research Fellow at the University of Tennessee, and was appointed to lead the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment Project, a comprehensive evaluation of every aspect of the Defense Department acquisition system and decision making processes. The results of this effort will be recommendations for improving the Department's approach to acquiring weapon systems and a detailed implementation plan. From August 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Patterson held duties as The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In the capacity as Special Assistant, Mr. Patterson was responsible for managing the Deputy Secretary of Defense's personal staff as well as providing direction and advice to the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff on a wide range of national security operations and policy subjects. He contributed to the Department of Defense support to the United States' mission to establish free and economically successful societies and governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, Mr. Patterson supported the Deputy Secretary in managing and directing Department of Defense decision making in the areas of military commissions for detainees in the Global War on Terrorism and major defense acquisition programs. Before returning to government service, Mr. Patterson was a founding and managing partner at Bucher, Hutchins, Kohler and Patterson, Inc. where he led the firm's commercial consulting practice developing management strategies for acquiring new business. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Vice President and Site Manager for Steven Myers and Associates' support to Lockheed Martin Corporation's winning Joint Strike Fighter competitive proposal preparation. Between 1993 and 1999, Mr. Patterson held a variety of responsible, executive positions at McDonnell Douglas Corporation (later The Boeing Company) beginning as the Senior Manager for Market Research and Analysis on the C-17 military air cargo aircraft and later as Director, International Business Development. He was responsible for developing and executing the business capture strategy that won U. S. Government Defense Acquisition Board approval to procure 80 additional C-17s completing the first contract for 120 aircraft. Mr. Patterson led the Boeing business development team that launched the initiative to introduce a commercial version of the C-17; the BC-17. Mr. Patterson served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1993 retiring in the rank of colonel. During that time, he held responsible leadership and management positions with assignments at the air wing level as a C-5A aircraft commander and Deputy Operations Group Commander, at major command headquarters, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Inspector General. In 1986, Mr. Patterson was the Air Force Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He served in Vietnam flying O2As as forward air controller.

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