Allison Stiller Award for Excellence in Submarine Acquisition

Established in 2024, this award recognizes a rising member of the Submarine Acquisition Community who has demonstrated professional excellence in submarine acquisition at the GS-13/14 or equivalent level. One award will be presented annually to a rising member of the civilian acquisition workforce.


Allison Stiller

Allison Stiller - 2023 Defense News Conference

Allison Stiller served as the Principal Civilian Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development & Acquisition (ASN(RDA)). She assumed the position in June 2015, where her responsibilities included oversight and policy for Navy and Marine Corps research, development, and acquisition programs for shipbuilding, aviation, space, weapon systems, and communication systems. This portfolio included management of more than 100,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $50 billion, as well as overseeing hundreds of technical developments and procurement programs for the Department of the Navy. Ms. Stiller also led the Department’s Senior Executive Acquisition Corps.

Ms. Stiller entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2004 and spent over 25 years in the Department of Defense’s acquisition community. Ms. Stiller served in a number of shipbuilding acquisition positions throughout her career, where she led in the development and procurement of complex ship programs in multiple phases of the acquisition life cycle. Prior to this position, Ms. Stiller served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs. In this capacity, she was responsible for executive oversight of all naval shipbuilding and associated weapon systems programs, major ship conversions, and nuclear ship refueling, as well as the maintenance, modernization and disposal of in-service ships.

She also served for four years as the Deputy Program Manager in the Amphibious Warfare Program Office, responsible for design, development, acquisition, and fleet introduction of amphibious ships and landing craft. She supervised over 40 individuals and managed four acquisition programs with a total value of $16B. Ms. Stiller also served as Director for Naval and Commercial Construction in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs, where her responsibilities included oversight of amphibious and auxiliary ship construction and conversion programs, as well as shipbuilding industrial base matters. During her tenure, Ms. Stiller helped develop and promote initiatives that focused the nation’s shipbuilding industry towards commercial viability. Ms. Stiller also served as Acquisition Manager in the early phases of the Virginia Class Submarine Program, as well as division director in the SEAWOLF Submarine program during the design and early construction phases of that program.