Director, Science and Technology, SOF AT&L, USSOCOM
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Ms. Lisa R. Sanders is the Director of Science
and Technology for Special Operations Forces,
Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF
AT&L), U.S. Special Operations Command
(USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
She is responsible for all research and
development funded activities. Ms. Sanders
has over 30 years of civilian Federal service.
Ms. Sanders entered Federal Service as an
Electronics Engineer at Naval Avionics Center
in Indianapolis, Indiana where she served in
quality engineering, production engineering
and program management. In 1996, she
transferred to Naval Air Warfare Center and
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR),
Patuxent River, MD, serving as an Electronics
Engineer and Program Manager for the E-2C
Hawkeye aircraft. In 2003, she assumed
responsibility for the production and
modification of the CV-22. During her time at
NAVAIR, she managed one of the first MultiYear Procurements, and executed the
modification and delivery of CV-22 production
and developmental test aircraft.
Ms. Sanders transferred to USSOCOM in 2005, where she retained responsibility for CV-22 production
and worked as the Systems Acquisition Manager for the C-130 program in Program Executive Office
Fixed Wing managing all C-130 projects across the Special Operations Forces inventory. In 2010, Ms.
Sanders was promoted to position of Deputy Director for the Science and Technology Directorate; and in
2011, was assigned to the position of Director, Science & Technology.
In 2014, Ms. Sanders left USSOCOM to attend the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College
Fellowship in Aberdeen MD. She graduated in 2015, and was assigned to Headquarters, Air Force
serving as the chair of the Air Force Capability Development Working Group. In 2016, she was selected
as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader