Participation Low in DoD Program Tapping Industry Expertise

July 18, 2012

When the Defense Department launched a program last July enabling tech company executives to work up to a year for the department in an effort to swap expertise and perspectives, Debra Del Mar jumped at the chance.

For Del Mar, owner and managing partner of Vienna, Va.-based Vanguard Advisors LLC, the decision to offer DoD free expertise was as much a strategic one as it was an opportunity to test the waters of public service.

"I wanted to learn how the building [Pentagon] operated, how decisions were made [and] how programs are justified," Del Mar said. 

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