David Webb speaks about the threats of China buying American entities, without the general public knowing. He is joined by experts Dean Popps, In the wake of the Iraq War, Popps was recruited by the Coalition Provisional Authority to serve as its Director of Industrial Conversion, part of the privatization of the Iraq economy, which had previously had a planned economy. In this capacity, he was in charge of restructuring the former regime's state-owned 52 Military Industry Commission companies into the new Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology. He then served as the CPA Deputy Senior Advisor to that ministry, in which role he assisted in the conversion of the Al Tuwaitha nuclear facility, and helped to find new jobs for scientists previously assigned to design and build Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. He served on the CPA’s Iraq Transition Planning Team in June 2004, participating in the handover of authority to the Government of Iraq.
In 2004, Popps became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He also served as the Army's Director of Iraq Reconstruction and Program Management, with oversight of the executive agency of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund.
Popps served as Acting United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology from January 2, 2008 until March 4, 2010. From April to October 2008, he was also a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He retired from government service on April 16, 2010 and Jeff Green, Mr. Green formed J.A. Green & Company to assist clients in meeting their government relations, business development and strategic planning goals. With over 17 years of experience in the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill, Jeff has the expertise to understand the complex world of government relations and the relationships to put clients in a position of strategic advantage.
Jeff most recently served as Staff Director to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness. He also served as Counsel to the full committee’s policy staff. In that role, he was primarily responsible for all matters related to acquisition policy, industrial base issues, defense trade, and a $156 billion operation & maintenance budget. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Jeff served as Legislative Director for the Coalition Provisional Authority Office of Legislative Affairs, working directly with senior CPA, Department of Defense, Department of tate, Office of Management and Budget and White House officials.
He has written numerous articles related to the defense industry, government procurement and strategic materials. He has appeared on Fox News and the BBC and been quoted in an array of news publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Business Week, and USA Today. In 2012, he founded and currently serves on the Strategic Materials Advisory Council. He serves as a member of the U.S. Magnetic Materials Association and the REE World Advisory Board. He also serves on the American Resources Policy Network’s panel of issue experts.
Prior to his extensive legislative branch and Pentagon experience, Jeff served in the Air Force as a Missile Combat Crew Commander and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.
A graduate of George Washington University, the University of Miami and Cornell University, Jeff holds both a Masters of Law in Government Procurement and a Juris Doctor and is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia, Florida and New Jersey. He is currently Co-Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section’s Legislative Coordinating Committee.