SA Lee Russ

DoD Special Access Programs Central Office
Director, CI and Global SAP Security
2022 Joint NDIA/AIA Spring Industrial Security Conference

Lee M. Russ has been a Special Agent (SA) with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) since 2001, and is current detailed to the Department of Defense Special Access Program Central Office (DoD SAPCO), the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, as the Executive Director of Counterintelligence and Global Special Access Program (SAP) Security. Mr. Russ serves as the Counterintelligence and Security advisor to the Director of Special Programs (DoD SAPCO) and to the Secretary of Defense under the authority, direction, and control of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for all programs protected under special access controls in order to acquire and deploy operational and intelligence capabilities to warfighters worldwide. He also provides SAP security management oversight and the primary security point of contact with Congress, the National Security Council, the Low Observable/Counter Low Observable Tri-Service Committee, the SAP Senior Working Group, as well as chairs the SAP Security Directors Working Group. 

 A career Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Mr. Russ has directed and led law enforcement and counterintelligence investigations and operations at every Air Force level and also integrated traditional OSI services and capabilities with a comprehensive program security, network accreditation, and information assurance program. During his extensive career, Mr. Russ developed his investigative skills in a wide variety of investigative disciplines to include computer forensics, narcotics, sexual assaults, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations. He has also been the lead investigator in numerous major Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense counterintelligence and espionage investigations. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Russ was duel-hatted as the Deputy to the Department of the Air Force Special Access Program Security Director and the Deputy Director of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Office of Special Projects (PJ) where he was responsible for operational control of over 427 personnel at 41 field offices delivering specialized investigative, counterintelligence, and program security management support for United States Air Force and Space Force Special Access Programs.