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United States Military Academy
2012 National Conference on Ethics in America
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Senior Leader
Senior Vice President and Army Strategic Account Executive
Joseph E. DeFrancisco is the Senior Vice President and Army Strategic Account Executive for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). In this capacity, he serves in sustaining and strengthening relationships with the Army, as well as providing awareness of the Army’s priorities, trends, concerns, and strategies across the SAIC enterprise. Concurrently, he ensures that SAIC presents a consistent message to senior Army leadership.
Prior to joining the defense industry, DeFrancisco served 34 years in the Army culminating his career in uniform as a lieutenant general and as Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of United States Pacific Command. He also commanded the 24th (later 3rd) Infantry Division and was operations officer for United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea/EIGHTH US Army in Korea. He served three tours in combat, two in Viet Nam and one in Panama during Operation Just Cause. Additionally, he taught on the faculty at West Point and served four years in the Pentagon, first as Chief of Army War Plans and later as Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army. His military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor (2 awards), and the Legion of Merit (5 award
He has experience in leadership positions in a number of military-related organizations. He is past president of the George Washington Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and has been a board member of AUSA and USO as well as the US Co-Chairman of the Republic of Korea-US Defense Industry Consultative Committee. DeFrancisco is the past president of the West Point Society of DC, a Senior Executive Associate of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), and is on the Board of Directors of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association, the Army Historical Foundation, the Washington Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Army Distaff Foundation, and the West Point Association of Graduates. He also served on the Transition Team for the past three West Point superintendents and is a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
He is a 1965 graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned a master’s in history from Rice University.