Heidi H. Grant

Director, Defense Technology Security Administration

Heidi H. Grant, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed as the Director for the Defense Technology Security Administration on January 7, 2019. In her current capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing DoD technology security policies for international transfer of defense-related goods, services, and technologies. Concurrently, she is the Chairman of the National Military Information Disclosure Policy Committee, responsible for the formulation and promulgation of U.S. National Disclosure Policy governing the disclosure of U.S. classified military information to foreign governments. Ms. Grant manages a staff of over 190 policy analysts, engineers, and licensing officers.

Ms. Grant, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, began her career with the Department of Defense (DOD) in 1989 after being accepted into the Secretary of the Navy Financial Management Intern Program and after working in several private sector positions. Her DOD career includes experience working for the Departments of the Navy and Air Force, Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and two Combatant Commands. While the majority of her career she has served at the Pentagon, she has had experience at the base level to Headquarters level to include an overseas assignment. Ms. Grant is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. She has extensive experience working with government agencies, defense industry and international partners. In 2002, Ms. Grant was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and assigned as Director for Resources and Analysis (J8) at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Florida, where she spent the bulk of her tour at CENTCOM's Forward Headquarters in Southwest Asia. She worked with senior military representatives from 65 countries in leading the combatant command's resource strategy and analysis for operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Ms. Grant became Director of Resources during the stand-up of Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany in 2008. She was responsible for conducting strategic assessment and analysis, leading both personnel and financial programming actions, to prepare the command for current and future operational requirements in support of the combatant commander's strategy, which focused on building interagency and international partnerships for global security.

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Grant was the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. She provided oversight and guidance for international policy and programs supporting national security objectives through politico-military affairs; security assistance programs; technology and information disclosure; education and training; cooperative research and development; management of the Air Force Foreign Liaison Office and attaché affairs.


  • 1987 Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC
  • 1993 Master of Public Administration degree in financial management, Troy State University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1993 Department of Defense Professional Military Comptroller School, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  • 2000 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2003 Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 2004 APEX Senior Executive Orientation Leadership Course, Washington, D.C.
  • 2005 National Security Studies Leadership Course, Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University
  • 2006 Systems Acquisition Management Executive Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • 2011 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2015 Transnational Security Cooperation Executive Course, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, HI
  • 2017 Corporate Athlete Program, Human Performance Institute, Orlando, FL


  1. 1989 - 1991, Financial Management Intern, Centralized Financial Management Training Program Office, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
  2. 1991 - 1998, Budget Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
  3. 1998 - 2000, Senior Civilian Budget Analyst, Program and Budget Analysis Division, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
  4. 2000 - 2002, Budget Analyst, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
  5. 2002 - 2008, Director of Resources and Assessment, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL
  6. 2008 - 2010, Director, Resources, Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany
  7. 2010 - 2019, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  8. January 2019 - present, Director, Defense Technology Security Administration, Alexandria, VA


  • 2001 Special Act Award for support after Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.
  • 2002 Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • 2003 Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award
  • 2007 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
  • 2008 Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award
  • 2010 Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • 2016 Dominican Republic’s Aerial Order of Merit Medal
  • 2017 Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • 2018 Royal Netherlands Air Force Medal of Merit in Bronze


  • Council on Foreign Relations


  • 2004 Certified Defense Financial Manager
  • 2011 International Affairs Level III

DTSA Director Heidi H. Grant

Heidi H. Grant

Director, Defense Technology Security Administration

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