Top Navy Negotiator Oversees Billions in Contracts

September 11, 2012

The Navy and the Marine Corps each year award about $90 billion dollars in contracts for everything from submarines and battleships to fighter jets, helicopters, complex weapons systems, trucks, uniforms and body armor.

Standing watch over this huge and complex undertaking is Elliott Branch, who closely scrutinizes and helps shape every major acquisition, negotiates with the major defense contractors, and makes sure the Navy and Marines are getting what they need in a timely fashion and at the best possible price.

“Everything the Navy buys goes through his shop. He ensures goals are met across-the-board and within budget,” said Sean Stackley, the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. “He’s always looking to drive down the cost of doing business and to get a better deal for the department.”

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