Derek B. Santos is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution) of the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he provides oversight, guidance and direction for legal programs in anti-corruption, including acquisition integrity and remedies for misconduct affecting Department of the Air Force transactions. Mr. Santos serves as the department’s Suspension and Debarment Official, with responsibility for evaluating corporate ethics and compliance programs and the business integrity of contractors and grantees.
Mr. Santos also leads the Department of the Air Force conflict resolution portfolio, promoting negotiation and dispute resolution capabilities across all transactional areas in accordance with the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Santos served as Assistant Deputy General Counsel and as Associate General Counsel. His portfolio included major weapon systems acquisitions, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, and cyberwarfare and cyberspace acquisitions. Before joining the Air Force General Counsel’s Office, he was the senior managing counsel at the Army Transatlantic Programs Center, leading the delivery of legal services for Army construction, engineering and foreign assistance missions in the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to that position, he served on multiple civilian deployments as Army legal counsel in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan.
2001 Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
2004 Juris Doctor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2004–2007, U.S. Army, Deployed Civilian Counsel, operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan
2008–2010, Chief Center Counsel, Army Transatlantic Programs Center, Winchester, Va.
2010–2015, Associate General Counsel (Acquisition), Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
2015–2017, Assistant Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution), Department of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.
2017–2018, Acting Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution, Department of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.
2018–present, Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution, Department of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Army Superior Civilian Service Awards (2)
Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award
Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service
Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
Co-Chair, ABA Debarment and Suspension Committee
(Current as of April 2021)