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Barry Barlow

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Perspecta Inc.

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As senior vice president and chief of staff, Barry Barlow provides oversight and guidance to projects of high importance to Perspecta. 

Barlow leads Perspecta’s long-term technology strategy and vision, and he advocates for that vision with our customers. His team is in charge of growing the technical capabilities of our people, ensuring technical relevance in the marketplace, as well as providing a senior advisory team to guide our customers in their transformations. His skills in customer technology outreach initiatives lend Perspecta a distinct advantage in the selection, implementation and integration of strategic partners. 

Barlow organizes and prioritizes critical issues and required information for the CEO and executive team to facilitate efficient decision making, and acts as a liaison between top management and other stakeholders. He also leads Congressional engagement, as well as provides oversight of the Quality Excellence and Security organizations.

With more than 40 years of government, commercial and academic experience, Barlow has a range of expertise in the defense and space industry. He was involved in the space shuttle program during its inception in the 1970s, critical national security programs in the U.S. and abroad in the 1980s and the first commercial satellite imaging company (Space Imaging) in the 1990s. 

Prior to his current position, Barlow joined Vencore as senior vice president and chief technology officer in 2013, where he led the planning and execution for all of Vencore’s Independent Research and Development (IRAD) projects. He served as the first director of online GEOINT Services at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), delivering online, on-demand GEOINT services and advancing the end-to-end user experience. Barlow was selected as the director and deputy director of acquisition at NGA, as well as NGA’s chief architect and chief engineer. 

During his federal career, Barlow has been honored with multiple awards. The awards include the Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Senior Executive from President Obama, Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Senior Executive from President Bush, Department of Defense (DOD) Distinguished Civilian Service Award from Secretary Gates, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal from DNI Clapper and the NGA Medallion for Excellence from Director Long. He also holds accolades from the intelligence community, including DOD and NGA Meritorious Unit Citations. In December 2012, a flag was flown in Barlow’s honor over the International Security Assistance Force’s headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, commemorating his distinguished service in Operation Enduring Freedom. 

In 2017, Barlow was selected to FCW’s 2017 Federal 100, which honors 100 leaders annually in government, industry and academia who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference in the way technology is bought, managed and used in the federal IT community.

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