In his current role, Mr. Saunders is responsible for policies and procedures governing the development and use of military specifications and standards, voluntary standards, qualified products/manufacturers lists, data item descriptions, and parts management. He oversees the Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) and DoD activities to mitigate the impact of diminishing manufacturing sources. Mr. Saunders also serves as vice chair of the Defense Standardization Council.
Previously, Mr. Saunders served as deputy director for acquisition practices in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for many of the same issues and was one of the principal proponents of commercial acquisition. He has served on two Defense Science Board Studies chaired by Secretary of Defense William Perry, and was responsible for implementation of their recommendations. He has testified before Congress and served on numerous study groups, committees, and boards.
He is the U.S. representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Committee on Standardization Representatives, chairs the Standardization Management Working Group, and represents the U.S. on the European Defense Agency's Materiel Standardization Harmonization Team. He is also the DoD representative on the Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP).
A past chairman of ASTM International's Board of Directors, Mr. Saunders serves on the ANSI Board of Directors, chairs the ANSI Government Member Forum, sits on the Board of Directors of SAE International, and chairs their Technical Standards Board.
Sponsored by SAE International, the Caucus will be held Friday, February 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the National Press Club (529 14th Street, NW, 13th floor) in Washington, DC. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, February 1.
To RSVP, communicate special dietary requests, or for more information on caucus luncheons, please contact Frances Limon at [email protected].