Brett B. Lambert has been Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Chairman of the Strategic Development Council of Northrop Grumman Corporation since January 26, 2015. Lambert is an Executive in Residence at Renaissance Strategic Advisors. Lambert served as Director of Industrial Policy and Office Of The Under Secretary Of Defense at United States Department Of Defense. Lambert served as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on all matters relating to the defense industrial base, including industrial capabilities and assessments; defense industry mergers, acquisitions and consolidation; preservation of essential industries and technologies; and other related matters. In 2011 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and in 2013 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award from the Secretary available to a non-career civilian
Prior to joining the DoD, Lambert spent 20 years working with defense and intelligence firms. From 1989 until 2007, Lambert held positions of increasing responsibility at DFI International, a national security consultancy he built with the founder and which he assisted in selling in 2007.
At the conclusion of his tenure with DFI, Lambert held the titles of Executive Vice President of DFI International and Managing Director of DFI Investment Partners. He was also the company’s ethics officer and served as a member of the board of directors. Lambert specialized in technology assessments, strategic planning, and market analyses for defense, intelligence, and space companies. He also worked closely with a number of leading venture funds, merchant banks, and private equity firms in support of their national security portfolio companies.
While with DFI, Lambert also led the company’s work with first-tier defense firms, financial institutions, and private equity organizations in merger and acquisition market advisory services. Before joining DFI, he worked for the Department of State (USAID) at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India. Prior to this, he attended graduate school at Jawaharlal Nehru University on a Rotary Graduate Scholarship he received during his senior year at Kansas State University. He also worked as an independent journalist in India, Pakistan and Burma. Before his time in Asia, Lambert served in the Political-Military Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies