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Kim Herrington, DOD Acting Principal Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting

Kim Herrington

Kim Herrington, DOD Acting Principal Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting

Kim Herrington has been the acting principal director for defense pricing and contracting within the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense since November 2018. 

In addition to taking charge of the entirety of DoD’s contract pricing and procurement policy matters, including the department’s $300B annual contract engagements, Herrington is double-hatted as the principal adviser to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. 

He provides the USD A&S strategic guidance on acquisition and procurement negotiation strategies for both major weapon systems programs and major automated information systems programs, as well as the implementation of the DOD’s operational priorities, the OSD said

Herrington assumed his current position after serving as director for industrial base acquisition management for A&S. In the said role, he provided the undersecretary of defense practical recommendations to the U.S. defense acquisition process.  

Prior to entering the federal government, the executive spent four years as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Textron Systems, a defense and space company specializing in aeronautics, engineering, unmanned systems and electronic warfare. According to his LinkedIn profile, he contributed to the company’s more than 50 percent growth in terms of return on sales over a four-year period. He served as a member of the Textron Systems Executive Leadership Team and the Textron Finance Council. 

He also spent over seven years at Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter, where he was appointed as director of the earned value management system and vice president of cost management integration. 

In the mid-1980s, he began his 20-year career at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, landing roles in cost management, finance and subcontract management.

Herrington holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Southern California.

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