Buddy Dees is the Director of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) within the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)).
His current responsibilities include oversight of the CMMC program, development of the model and associated cybersecurity assessment guides, implementation of the CMMC infrastructure, and the phased rollout of the CMMC requirement across the defense industrial base.
Mr. Dees began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned in 1985 after graduating from the University of South Carolina and served on active duty for 20 years. He has extensive staff and operational experience in tactical and strategic nuclear operations; command, control and communications; acquisition oversight; and program and resource management.
His previous experience in the Office of the Secretary of Defense includes serving as a Senior Acquisition Analyst within the offices of Networks and Information Integration (NII) and Acquisition Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this role, he was responsible for overseeing both Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Automated Information Systems.