ST. LOUIS, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A former top U.S. Air Force acquisition official has joined Boeing (NYSE: BA) to help lead the company's missile defense business headquartered in Washington, D.C. Darleen Druyun, who recently served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for Air Force acquisition and management, will report directly to James Evatt, senior vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, one of nine business units within Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. In her new role, Druyun will assist Evatt in the operations and execution of the company's missile defense programs. Those programs include Boeing's role as the prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Segment and the industry lead for the Missile Defense National Team Systems Engineering and Integration effort, as well as the company's work on the Patriot antimissile system, Sea-based Midcourse system and the Airborne Laser program where Boeing is also the prime contractor. "Darleen Druyun helped drive acquisition reform within the Air Force. Her 'Lightning Bolt' initiatives, which jump-started the reform process, have saved the U.S. Air Force and taxpayers more than $20 billion to date," Evatt said. "Her personal passion and drive are well known within the defense industry, and we expect her to be a key player in our future success." Prior to serving with the U.S. Air Force, Druyun was the chief of staff for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and had also served as the agency's associate administrator for procurement. Druyun earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Chaminade and is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Security Management Program. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Award from the Air Force Association and the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $23 billion business. It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-base communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.
SOURCE Boeing Integrated Defense Systems