Brian R. Detter

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy & Executive Vice President of Artis

Brian Detter is an expert in defense acquisition programs and policy. For nearly three decades he has worked extensively with all four services within the Defense Department. He has served as a senior acquisition official, as a contractor, and as a consultant to businesses and universities. From 2009-12, he was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, and his portfolio, roughly $55 billion annually, included Naval expeditionary systems, R&D programs, urgent needs, logistics and sustainment. He also had DoD-wide lead for key joint programs during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including MRAP and counter radio-controlled IED (JCREW) programs. He served as a member of the Navy’s Task Force Climate Change, set policy for the department’s Marine Mammals Program, and was responsible for the department’s annual S&T awards.

Brian currently serves as executive vice president of Artis, a defense R&D company based in Herndon, VA. Before his work in the Pentagon, for 12 years he was president of Detter and Associates, LLC, a DC-area marketing firm. From 1994-96, he served as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as special assistant to the undersecretary for Global Affairs at the State Department. While living in Riyadh, he worked to advance U.S. diplomatic and commercial interests. He later served in the legislative affairs division of the U.S. Agency for International Development, working on Near East regional programs.

Brian has worked in senior positions in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives. His legislative work included appropriations, defense, foreign policy and trade. He also served as a defense analyst for the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. Earlier in his career, he worked extensively with the news media as a press secretary and as a journalist.

Brian is a member of the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, and is a former member of the Army Science Board; he also served as a consultant to the board. He has twice served on annual science award panels for the Army, and has worked closely with all services and with NATO. He is active in his local community, and holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in journalism and political science.