Debbie Opiekun

Debbie Opiekun

Chief Business Development Officer, Leidos

Debbie Opiekun is the Chief Business Development Officer for Leidos responsible for all aspects of business growth. She manages teams in capture operations, government affairs, and our strategic account executives that focus on high-win rates and above-market organic growth.

For the two years prior, Ms. Opiekun has led the Health Group's Military and Veterans Health Solutions organization where she was responsible for a broad range of programs supporting the health, wellness, and performance of Service Members, Veterans, and their families. She oversaw the win and execution of the Military and Family Life Counseling Program and the execution of several deployments of the Military Health System (MHS) GENESIS.

Previously, she has also served as Deputy Health Group President and as Senior Vice President of Capture Operations and Excellence within the Leidos Business Development and Strategy organization. She was responsible for helping Leidos win large strategic opportunities, through the development and education of a new win plan process and providing capabilities to increase the probability of win including executive capture managers, competitive intelligence, position-to-win, financial strategies, capture support, and proposal operations.

Ms. Opiekun has previously served as the Director of Capture Operations and Excellence for Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS), the Director of Operations for IS&GS Defense and Intelligence Solutions (D&IS) Business Development, and the IS&GS Director of Engineering Development.

Ms. Opiekun earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in systems engineering from the University of Maryland


Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP (2021-present)

  • Co-Chair of the Public Policy Practice Group. Lead a team of attorneys and advisors specializing in a wide range of industries and business sectors; and manage a million-dollar practice focused on advising multinational corporations in the aerospace and defense industries on regulatory and legislative matters.

General Counsel (Acting), Department of the Army (2020-2021)

  • Served as the Chief Legal Officer of the United States Army. Advised the Secretary on all aspects of the management of a force of more than 1 million soldiers and civilians, missions conducted in 140 countries, and an annual budget of $178 billion. Specifically responsible for advising on legal matters related to the modernization of acquisition and contracting practices, and implementation of Al policies and programs.

Deputy General Counsel (Legislation), Department of Defense (2017-2020)

  • Principal legal advisor to Department of Defense officials, including the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and General Counsel on matters concerning legislation, investigations, and the Department's Legislative Review Program. Conducted legal reviews of legislative proposals and views reports; and reconciled interagency views on legislative proposals with OMB and the White House.

Senior Defense Advisor, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (2015-2017)

  • Provided advice on legal and budgetary matters related to authorizations and appropriations for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Also drafted legislative measures, analyzed legislation, and managed operations and related materials.

Staff Lead/Counsel, Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives (2010-2015)

  • Managed one of the largest subcommittees in Congress with a multi-billion budget focused on operations and maintenance activities across the Department of Defense during a time of significant budget cuts. Reviewed and analyzed issues including training, logistics, military construction, civilian personnel, and personnel security. Also served as Staff Lead of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and Counsel and Professional Staff of the Military Personnel Subcommittee.

    Advisor, Chief Judge Andrew Effron, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2009-2010)

  • Led a team of clerks and administrative staff. Conducted legal research and analysis on criminal law and procedure, ethics, and administrative and national security law matters. Reviewed motions and pleadings in cases presenting novel issues of constitutionality, and drafted bench memoranda and opinions.

    Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (2008-2009)

  • Served as an advisor to the 21st and 22nd Secretaries of the Air Force. Responsible for writing speeches, reviewing staff packages, facilitating Air Force Smart Operations management reform, implementing service cyber initiatives, and briefing leaders in the White House and Congress on related policies.

    Associate Deputy General Counsel, Personnel and Health Policy, Department of Defense (2006)

  • Provided legal advice and analysis on issues related to military justice, DOD organization, labor management relations, and non-federal entities and related litigation matters.

    Division Chief, Task Force 134-Detention Operations, Iraq (2005)

  • Managed the Central Criminal Court of Iraq case docket and served as legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense Detainee Review Board Program. Also advised on legal issues regarding the Abu Ghraib case.

    Judge Advocate and Executive Officer, United States Air Force (1996-2004)

  • Served as an advisor on matters related to Judge Advocate General Corps programming, budgeting, acquisition, and military justice administration. Also served as legal advisor to the Section 574 Review of United States Air Force Judge Advocate and General Counsel roles and missions.


  • President, "Connect-McLean" (a community-based organization focused on traffic and school safety)
  • Adjunct Faculty, United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's School
  • Legal Advisor, Department of Defense Task Force on Care for Victims of Sexual Assault
  • Advisor, ABA Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Committee
  • Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law
  • Advisor, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
  • Executive Director, Judge Advocates Association
  • Board of Directors, Nevada Rape Crisis Center


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law A.B., Cum Laude, Mount Holyoke College


  • Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal
  • Secretary of Defense Organizational Excellence Award Department of the Army Distinguished Public Service Medal
  • Department of the Amy Leadership Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year Air Force Expert Marksman Ribbon


  • Senator William Hagerty
  • Congressman Robert Wittman
  • Ryan McCarthy, 24th Secretary of the United States Army
  • Paul Ney, 1 9th Departrnent of Defense General Counsel
  • Michael Wynne, 21 st Secretary ofthe United States Air Force Michael Donley, 22 nd Secretary of the United States Air Force
  • Jack Rives, Executive Director, American Bar Association
  • Charles J. Dunlap, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke University School of Law