Ms. Determan manages Research & Development Partnership for the Science & Technology Directorate at DHS. The Director of Research and Development Partnerships (RDP) conducts effective outreach and engagement through close partnerships with Department operating components and science and technology groups across the national laboratories, interagency and intelligence communities, academic institutions and the private sector, both domestic and abroad. The RDP Group includes the Interagency Office, International Cooperative Programs Office, Office of National Laboratories, Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), and many more.
Ms. Deborah Determan joined the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate in September 2011. She serves as Director of the Research and Development Partnerships Group (RDP), which leads the Directorate's efforts to partner across the Homeland Security Enterprise to develop solutions that increase the community's ability to protect the homeland. Ms. Determan comes to DHS after a 24-year Air Force career where she has broad experience in multiple disciplines including program management, scientific analysis, sustainment logistics, international affairs, personnel, intelligence, congressional affairs, and policy.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Determan was Chief of International Armaments Cooperation, where she led the Air Force in partnering with other nations to develop solutions for common defense, and was responsible for development of defense acquisition, technology, and logistics programs with over 40 countries. During her time in this position, her team developed and led a Strategic Airlift Capability program with 11 nations to procure, operate and maintain a fleet of C-17 aircraft in Hungary in response to a Presidential initiative. Additionally, a cooperative program was put in place with Australia for their purchase of the sixth satellite in the U.S. Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, which gave them ten percent of the entire constellation capacity and provided the United States significant increased capability.
Other assignments during her military career include Chief of the Aircrew Performance Division, where she was responsible for providing the Air Force advanced aircrew performance equipment through development, production and sustainment of aircrew life support, egress and survival systems. In this position, she led her team to national recognition with a Team Achievement Award from the SAFE Association, an organization that has been dedicated to solving safety and survival problems since 1956. She has also worked congressional affairs for the Air Force Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) where she coordinated Air Force policy and positions on congressional issues and actions affecting over $7 billion in Air Force ISR resources and defended the Air Force ISR budget to six oversight committees.
Ms. Determan has a bachelor's degree in Physics from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in Engineering Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She also has master's degrees from the Air Command and Staff College in Military Operational Art and Science, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in National Resource Strategy.