David S. Cadman

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers


Mr. David S. Cadman is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers. He also serves as the Director for Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) where he is responsible for the development and implementation of acquisition portfolio based analytical methods focused on data analytics which includes but is not limited to data mining, simulation, machine and statistical learning, probability theory, mathematical optimization, and visualization of results. ADA establishes program management policy that applies these methods as appropriate to acquisition portfolios, Major Defense Acquisition Programs and business systems and functions.

Before the A&S reorganization he served as Director for Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) and Deputy Director, Root Cause Analyses (RCA). Where he identified root causes on Major Acquisition Programs that had a critical Nunn-McCurdy cost breach or upon request of the Secretary of Defense.

Additional assignments Mr. Cadman has had while at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) include serving as Deputy Director for the Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure Office (TSFDO) within the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) where he supported DoD’s security cooperation efforts, to include international armaments cooperation, strategic planning, and Defense Technology and Trade Initiatives. Mr. Cadman also worked as the aviation sector lead for the Office of Industrial Policy in OSD where he was responsible for industrial base oversight. In this role, Mr. Cadman assessed the capabilities and overall health of the aviation industrial base upon which the Department of Defense relies for current and future war fighting capabilities.

Previously, Mr. Cadman served in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office as the Deputy Director, Air Vehicle where he oversaw government and contractor activities related to the F-35’s vehicle systems, mission systems, airframe structures and materials, manufacture and build risk reduction. Mr. Cadman was accountable for cost, schedule, and performance on the $13 billion air vehicle design and the development effort of the multinational industry team. Mr. Cadman also served as the JSF X-program Science and Technology Coordinator developing requirements, assessing science and technology trends, and evaluating potential technology gaps. Mr. Cadman’s other positions include a leading role on the F/A-18 E/F airframe development program and serving as an F-14 structural engineer at the Naval Aviation Depot. Prior to entering federal service, Mr. Cadman worked for Boeing Helicopter performing dynamic analysis of developmental vertical lift aircraft.

Mr. Cadman holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Cadman is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Advanced Program Managers course and has Acquisition Workforce Level III certifications in Program Management; Systems Planning, Research and Engineering; and Production Quality and Manufacturing.

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