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Director Name

William Russell

Contracting and National Security Acquisitions

Areas of Expertise:

  • DOD industrial base (including supply chain integrity)
  • NASA programs
  • Protection of critical technologies
  • Use of Defense Production Act in Federal response to COVID-19
  • Weapon system cybersecurity

William Russell is a Director in GAO’s Contracting and National Security Acquisitions team. He oversees a portfolio of issues related to NASA, DOD weapon systems cybersecurity, protection of critical technologies, DOD industrial base and supply chain integrity, Defense contracting, and use of the Defense Production Act to support the federal response to COVID-19.

William joined GAO in 2002, and has served as Acting Director in GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice team, managing a portfolio of issues related to aviation security, surface transportation security, and DHS research and development.  He also managed audits covering a wide range of issues related to defense acquisitions, export controls, DHS management, and protection of critical technology.

William earned a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

William can be reached by email at or by phone at 202-512-4841.

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