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About Our Council

Team and Leadership
Dr. Kelly Fletcher

Dr. Kelly Fletcher

Performing the duties Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense

Dr. Kelly Fletcher is a career member of the Senior Executive Service performing the duties of the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense. In this capacity, she serves as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for information technology (IT); information assurance; satellite communications; spectrum; and position, navigation and timing programs.

She has served in DoD CIO since February 2020 and has led engagements with the Defense Agencies and Field Activities, provided oversight of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and led strategic resource planning across the IT and cybersecurity domains.

Prior to joining DoD CIO, Dr. Fletcher served, from September 2018 to February 2020, as the Deputy Director for Program Analysis & Evaluation at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she supervised and coordinated the development of the DHS-wide budget (~$50B appropriated). In addition, she led the realignment of the Federal Protective Services (more than 10,000 employees, ~$1B annual spend) from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to the Management directorate.

Dr. Fletcher served in the Department of the Navy from December 2016 to September 2018 in a variety of roles – including Acting CIO and Business Modernization Lead. As the CIO, she provided strategic leadership for all Department of the Navy information technology policy and budget decisions and led a Department-wide reorganization of information technology governance and oversight.

Dr. Fletcher spent six years with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) where she served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director. She coordinated CAPE’s nine divisions and more than 60 analysts to support the development of the FY18-FY22 DoD budget. A recognized thought leader and sought after speaker in the field of technology and national defense, Dr. Fletcher was named one of FedScoop’s Top Women in Tech in 2018.

Dr. Fletcher earned her Ph.D. in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and her B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis.

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