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News | Oct. 4, 2019

My DCMA: Priya Babu, engineer

By Thomas Perry DCMA Public Affairs

My DCMA is an opportunity to hear directly from the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce about what being a part of the national defense team means to them.

Featured in this edition is Priya Babu, an Industrial Analysis Group engineer located in Philadelphia.

What is the most challenging aspect of serving in your current position?
The most challenging aspect of my current position is gaining a complete understanding of the defense industrial base supply chain and identifying the risks within it.

How many years have you been with the agency? What has been your most rewarding experience with the agency?
I have been with DCMA for five years, and I have been with the Department of Defense for 13 years. I have learned a lot while working for DCMA, which I will take with me throughout the rest of my career. At my current position, I have been able to work on a variety of projects ranging from radars to micro-displays. I really enjoy that variety.

Why did you choose to serve your country?
I work for DoD because I believe in protecting those who protect us. Our warfighters make me feel safe, and I hope I can help them feel safe as well.

How would you describe what entails becoming a subject matter expert within the radar portfolio?
When I came to IAG, I was assigned the radar portfolio, which was a good fit for me since I have worked with radar and communication systems throughout my career.

I like working at DCMA because I know that every day I am working toward improving the life of our warfighters. I am the independent eyes and ears for DoD because my job requires me to perform assessments at facilities across the country with respect to their capability to produce the products our warfighters require.

I provide actionable acquisition insight to DoD by assessing the facilities I visit, identifying any production and manufacturing risks and issues, then providing findings and recommendations to senior leaders. Our team provides unwavering warfighter support by analyzing the defense industrial base to ensure that the necessary supply chain is available to produce the products required by the DoD.

What is one thing you would tell someone who knew nothing of DCMA?
To somebody unfamiliar with DCMA, I would let them know we are the team that ensures our warfighters have the quality products they need to fulfill their roles.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the office environment?
Outside of the office, I like to read, travel, cook and spend time with my husband and children.