Ellen M. Lord currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. In this role she is responsible for such matters as developmental testing, logistics and materiel readiness, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, operational energy, the acquisition workforce, and the defense industrial base among others.
Prior this, Ellen Lord served as the President and CEO of Textron Systems Corporation a company which provides products and services in the areas of defense, homeland security, aerospace, and infrastructure protection. She is a former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and a former director of the U.S.-India Business Council. She has a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College.