Valerie Heil

Associate Director, Industrial Security, Critical Technology Program Directorate, Office of the Director for Defense Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Law Enforcement, & Security, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence & Security)
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Ms. Heil develops and oversees Industrial Security Policy and its implementation in the Department of Defense (DoD).  In that role, she serves as the subject matter expert for the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) as well as DoD’s issuance and maintenance of the NISP Operating Manual (now 32 Code of Federal Regulations part 117) for the proper protection of classified information by contractors. 

Ms. Heil joined the OUSD(I&S) in 2009.  From 1979 to 2008, she held positions of increasing responsibility first as an investigator and then as an industrial security specialist with the Defense Investigative Service and Defense Security Service in the areas of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI), International Programs, Special Programs and Facility Security Clearances.  Ms. Heil began her federal career in 1978 with the Civil Service Commission, and then the National Archives and Records Administration, Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

Ms. Heil holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. She also holds a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.