MCLEAN, Va., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced that Debbie James, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, has been appointed to serve as an advisory board member for the U.S. Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). James will serve for three years.
Established in 1951, DACOWITS is an independent advisory committee composed of civilian women and men who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense to provide advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of highly qualified professional women in the Armed Forces. DACOWITS' recommendations have been instrumental in effecting changes to laws and policies pertaining to military women.
"Debbie is a leader in our Defense Solutions Group where her dedication and commitment to members of the Armed Forces is evident," said Deb Alderson, SAIC group president. "She is highly qualified to provide valuable insight into the issues facing women in the military services."
In addition, James was recently named Chair of the national advisory board of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union where she previously served as a board member. She also serves on the advisory board for the Charleston Metro Chamber; the College of Charleston's School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs; and, on the expert advisory committee for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMS) Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) campaign.
James earned a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and holds a bachelor's degree in comparative studies from Duke University. James has been with SAIC since 2002. She joined the company after an 18-year career in the public sector, including service as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, and as a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee. James received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1997 and 1998 and the Meritorious Civilian Services Medals awarded by U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard in 1998.
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