Dean Popps*

Senior Counsel

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Dean G. Popps, Senior Counsel to FH+H, provides strategic advice and legal counsel in the national security practice to a wide variety clients, assisting them with their most demanding legal, business, financial, and government relations challenges. He previously served with distinction at the highest levels of government and is an experienced business executive with strong ties to the defense, intelligence, and telecommunications industries. 

From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Popps’ many accomplishments are highlighted by his leading the 42,000+ person Army acquisition workforce, as the Service Acquisition Executive (SAE) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (Acting), with 600+ Programs of Record and by his being the first appointee (by House Speaker John Boehner) to the Commission on Wartime Contracting (CoWC), an independent, bipartisan legislative commission established in 2008 to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Strategic Materials Council, a public policy group dedicated to the security of the nation’s critical supply chains.

During that period, Mr. Popps was deployed as the Director of Military Industrial Conversion to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq and was instrumental in restructuring and aligning the former regime’s state-owned 52 Military Industry Commission (MICC) companies into the new Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). He served as the first CPA Deputy Senior Advisor to that ministry and also assisted in the ministerial restructuring of the former Iraqi and nuclear reactor site at Al-Tuwaitha while leading efforts to retain and re-direct thousands of former Iraqi WMD scientists. He has received numerous awards in regard to that work from the Department of Defense and US Army.

From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Popps served as the court-approved Chief Operations Supervisor for the largest Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Northern Virginia’s history, working to dispose of assets in 10 states and helping organize the claims of 1,500+ employees, 9,000+ creditors, and hundreds of related liquidation issues. 

From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Popps served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Fort Worth Teleport, a telecommunications company he founded with the family investment trust of the Trammell Crow family of Dallas, Texas, steering the company to a very successful exit event to a NYSE listed buyer. Prior to that he was COO of Communications Technology Management, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Popps was an initial incorporator of C-SPAN and started or participated in many initiates and ventures in the nascent cable and satellite TV business. 

Through many decades, Mr. Popps has served and currently serves on numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards both public and private, for-profit and non-profit. His current and sought after expertise lies in serving as an Independent Outside Director on boards whose companies require Foreign Ownership Control and Influence (FOCI) risk mitigation agreements with the Defense Counter-Intelligence and Security Agency in order to satisfy US government security requirements for operating in the US.

*Dean Popps is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and is an emeritus (retired) member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters
  • DoD Acquisition Strategies
  • National Security Policy
  • Nation-Building and Reconstruction Efforts
  • Stability Operations and Expeditionary Contractors

Experience

Experience
  • Army Acquisition Executive, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and Senior Procurement Executive
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and Director of Iraq Reconstruction and Program Management
  • Principal Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army and the Army’s Senior Research and Development Official
  • Deputy Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST)
  • Director of Military Industrial Conversion, Coalition Provisonal Authority (Iraq)
  • Chief Operations Supervisor for the largest Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Northern Virginia history
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Fort Worth Teleport
  • Chief Operating Officer of Communications Technology Management, Inc. (CTM)
  • Currently serves on the boards of directors of both public and private companies

Education, Certifications + Licenses

Education
  • J.D., The Potomac School of Law
  • B.A., Marquette University

Certifications + Licenses
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity

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