|Photo from the presentation of the award. (Left to Right: Betsy Schmid, Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, AIA, and Ray Mabus, Secretary, U.S. Navy)|
Betsy Schmid, AIA’s new Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, has received the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Presented by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a March 19, 2014 ceremony, the award is the highest honor given to those outside of naval service.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from Secretary Mabus, and especially for work that supported the men and women of the United States Navy and Marine Corps,” Schmid said. “It was the privilege of a lifetime to ensure that adequate resources and force structure were provided to our sailors and Marines when defense budgets were declining and global threats were growing more complex.
Schmid was recognized for “exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as a professional staff member and Staff Director for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Ms. Schmid’s selfless service and compassion for the nation’s sailors and marines ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend our nation’s interests around the globe.”
Schmid’s career has put her at the center of defense and intelligence committee budgets and policy over the last 12 years. As the senior defense budget advisor for the U.S. Senate on many of the most critical defense spending issues before the Nation, Schmid worked and consulted closely with senior officials in the Pentagon, intelligence community, and defense industry. She served both former and current Chairmen of the Appropriations Committee and Defense Subcommittee – the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye and now Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Senator Dick Durbin. In this capacity, she was the lead Senate staff member responsible for oversight of half of the country’s discretionary budget and annual passage of the approximately $600 billion defense appropriation bill.
Prior to joining the Senate staff, Schmid worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a variety of major issues and projects including the Quadrennial Defense Review and other defense planning guidance in support of our warfighters. She also supported research on national security issues for the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, and the Center for the National Interest.
Schmid holds a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Chester University.