In August 2005, Mr. Keith Sauls joined ANSER as a Fellow in the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI), a federally-funded research and development center operated by ANSER on behalf of DHS. He was selected as the manager for HSSAI’s newly established Policy and Planning Division in early 2006. From 2006 until June of 2010 he built and managed a cadre of exceptional analysts, who were extensively involved in high value, high profile studies to include the revision of the National Incident Management System, the creation of the National Response Framework and the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. In 2010 Mr. Sauls was promoted to Senior Manager where he served as the Director of Business Operations for HSSAI. In this role he significantly enhanced all aspects of HSSAI’s financial and business operations and revitalized the private-sector outreach programs. He also assumed responsibility for implementation and operation of the Oracle Enterprise Business System for the corporation. He was promoted to Vice President for Business Process and Performance Analytics in October of 2012 and transitioned to Chief Human Capital Officer in January 2016.
From July 2002 until July 2005 Mr Sauls was assigned to the Strategy and Policy Directorate of the Joint Staff. During that time he provided authoritative advice to senior political leaders, career managers, and senior military officers in the development of strategy and policy for the War on Terrorism. In that capacity he initially served as the Division Chief for the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division and subsequently completed the last two years of his tour as the Assistant Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism Directorate. In both assignments he was significantly involved in the development of major military strategy and policy.
From April 1999 until July of 2001, Mr. Sauls served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Information Warfare for the USS Eisenhower Battle Group. During this tour he was responsible for electronic and information warfare for an eleven-ship carrier battle group. His organization was rated as the “Best Seen” organization in the effective use of public affairs, military support to public diplomacy, and information operations during every evaluation. They were also twice nominated for the Association of Old Crows Award for demonstrated expertise in Electronic Warfare. These nominations were the first accorded to anyone outside the US Navy’s aviation electronic warfare community.
Previously, Mr. Sauls served in several leadership positions in the United States Navy’s Submarine Warfare community, where he began his professional career in 1978. Most recently, he commanded three nuclear powered fast attack submarines – USS Aspro (SSN 648), USS Drum (SSN 677) and USS Tautog (SSN 639). He had the opportunity to operate each submarine and also to decommission each one. During this tour he was one of four Commanding Officers from a field of one hundred to receive the highest grade for tactical expertise in 1996. He also established a new industrial benchmark for safety, cost and schedule, and then bettered it with each successive submarine decommissioning.
He was promoted to Vice President for Business Process and Performance Analytics in October of 2012, then Chief Human Capital Officer in January 2016, and transitioned to oversee Business Services on January 2017.