NSA, Senior Acquisition Executive
Diane Dunshee is the Director of Business Management & Acquisition (BM&A) and the Senior Acquisition Executive (SAE) at the National Security Agency (NSA). She is responsible for all procurements, from physical fences to complex industry-leading systems, acquired as part of major acquisition programs. This averages over 19,000 procurement actions costing several billion dollars per year.
Diane is responsible for delivering major acquisitions and ensuring the acquisition process is followed consistently and appropriately. She develops and maintains strategic relationships with acquisition stakeholders across NSA, the Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community. Diane also develops relationships with industry leaders, ensuring there is a healthy industrial base capable of meeting NSA’s unique needs.
Previously, Diane served as the program executive officer for Collection, Processing and Exploitation, and Research. In this role, she provided sound leadership, program management, and oversight to the Collection, Processing and Exploitation, and Research Investment Portfolios. She ensured the successful deployment of new capabilities and sustained existing capabilities consistent with investment decisions and compliant with regulations, policies, and directives. In doing so, Diane ensured programs, portfolios, and projects were executed following a structured decision process and within the cost, schedule, and performance framework.
Diane also served as the program executive officer for the Mission Management and Analysis and Production and the Processing & Exploitation investment portfolios.
Other previous assignments include leadership positions in the field of cryptographic key management, systems engineering, and program/portfolio management. Diane has over 28 years of experience at NSA.
Diane holds DAWIA Level Ill Program Management certification and is a member of the NSA Acquisition Corps.
Diane holds a master’s degree in telecommunications from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University.
In 2016, Diane received the prestigious Presidential Rank Award.
Diane resides in Pasadena, Maryland, with her husband, Rick. They have two adult children, Ben and Julia. She enjoys watching sports, gardening, running, and cooking.