Brett B. Lambert

Brett B. Lambert

Managing Director, The Densmore Group, LLC

Mr. Lambert is the Managing Director of The Densmore Group, LLC, a national security and intelligence consultancy focused on strategy and transactions.

From 2015-2019, he served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Northrop Grumman, where his duties for the CEO included development and execution of issues relating to overall corporate strategy, organization, M&A, strategic partnerships, and new market expansion.

Mr. Lambert is currently a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a Senior Associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) led by Carnegie Mellon University and is a board member and co-chairman of the Japan / US Technology Forum of the Henry L. Stimson Center.

He is Advisory Board member of Enlightenment Capital and Managing Partner of Sapient Machines. Mr. Lambert also serves on the board of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council for Kansas State University Polytechnic, a University focused on the development of UAS human capital talent. He also serves on the Board of Advisors Fairbanks Morse Defense, the nation’s leading provider of USN/USG marine engines.  His current Board memberships include British Telcom Federal (SSA), Edgybees. Formtek, MBDA USA (SSA), Robotic Research (SSA), Sparton (Proxy), and Star Lab (SSA).

In 2009 Mr. Lambert was appointed by President Obama as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, a position he held through 2013. As the DASD, Mr. Lambert served as the principal advisor to the USD (AT&L) on all matters relating to the defense industrial base, including industrial capabilities and assessments; defense industry mergers, acquisitions and consolidation; preservation of essential industries and technologies; and other industrial related matters. Mr. Lambert was responsible for the oversight of transactions referred to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) as well as domestic transactions which fell under Hart Scott Rodino (HSR) required review. In this post, Mr. Lambert led President Obama’s effort at the Department of Defense to establish the first Manufacturing USA site, which culminated in the selection of additive manufacturing (3D printing) as the focal point for the Administration’s pursuit of a manufacturing renaissance. There are now 16 Manufacturing USA activities in 11 states. This activity was a component of his manufacturing portfolio, which included the oversight of the Department’s ManTech efforts as well as both Title I and Title III of the Defense Production Act (DPA).

In 2011 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and in 2013 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award from the Secretary available to a non-career civilian. Also in 2013, Mr. Lambert was awarded the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the industry organization which has over 1,500 corporate and ~60,000 private members, for his efforts in support of the defense industrial base while in office.

Prior to joining the DoD, Mr. Lambert spent 20 years working with defense and intelligence firms. From 1989 until 2007, Mr. Lambert held positions of increasing responsibility at DFI International, a national security consultancy he built with the founder and which he assisted in selling in 2007 and spinning off the corporate division to management.

Before helping found DFI, Mr. Lambert worked for the US Department of State at the American Embassy in New Delhi. Prior to this, he attended graduate school at Jawaharlal Nehru University on a Rotary Graduate Scholarship he received during his senior year  at Kansas State University. He also worked as an independent journalist in India, Pakistan, and Burma.

Mr. Lambert is an avid mountaineer with high altitude experience on four continents. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife, Janet Lynch Lambert, and two children. He also maintains the small family farm in western Kansas where he was raised by his mother and grandparents.