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Richard Schaeffer
Director, Information Assurance at the National Security Agency (NSA)

Mr. Schaeffer is the Director, Information Assurance at the National Security Agency (NSA). The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) is the NSA mission element charged with providing products and services critical to protecting out Nation's critical information and information systems. IAD is also responsible for defining and implementing the Information Assurance Strategy to protect the Department of Defense's (DoD) Global Information Grid (GIG) and supporting ongoing military operations against terrorism by delivering solutions that allow the secure and dynamic sharing of information across security domains at multiple classification levels in today's net-centric environment.

CAPSULE OF MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AND DATES/SUMMARY OF EARLIER EXPERIENCES:

  • 2004-2006: Director, National Security Operations Center
  • 2002-2004: Information Assurance Deputy Director
  • 2001-2002: Acting Associate Director for Research (August 2001-July 2002), NSA Deputy Chief of Staff (January 2001-April 2002)
  • 1998-2001: Director, Infrastructure and Information Assurance, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence), the Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 1996-1998: Chief, Information Assurance Research Office
  • 1994-1996: Chief, Network Security Infrastructure Office
  • 1993-1994: Deputy Chief, Office of Developmental Systems Security Evaluations
  • 1992-1993: Deputy Chief, Tactical Systems Security Office
  • 1990-1992: Deputy Chief, Weapons Systems Office
  • 1988-1990: Chief, Special Projects Division
  • 1975-1988: Various engineering and management positions in NSA¬ís Information Assurance Directorate
  • 1966-1970: United States Marine Corps, including two tours in Chu Lai, Vietnam

EDUCATION:

  • BSEE, Catholic University of America
  • Intelligence Fellows Program
  • National Senior Cryptologic Course
  • Executive Development Seminar

SIGNIFICANT AWARDS:

  • President Rank Award, 2005
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, 2001
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, 2000
  • Presidential Rank Award, 1999
  • Secretary of Defense Productivity Excellence Award, 1987
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 1984
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