lucian niemeyer

Lucian Niemeyer

Deputy Program Associate Director, National Security Programs

Country: United States

Area of Interest: Industrial Cybersecurity


The Honorable Lucian Niemeyer provides budgetary, policy, and management oversight on behalf of the Director of Management and Budget for U.S. national security programs within the Department of Defense, the National Nuclear Security Agency, and National Intelligence Programs. 

Lucian Niemeyer assumed his responsibilities 26 June 2019 to include oversight and policy for Navy and Marine Corps facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization; military construction; acquisition, utilization and disposal of real property and facilities; environmental protection, planning, restoration and natural resources conservation; and safety and occupational health.

In August 2017, he was appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment. In this role, he provided budgetary, policy and management oversight of the Department of Defense’s real property portfolio, which encompasses 28 million acres, over 500 installations with over 500,000 buildings and structures valued at a trillion dollars. Upon successful integration of the EI&E portfolio into the newly created Sustainment portfolio, Secretary Niemeyer served the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment as a Strategic Advisor. His specific focus was on Defense energy resilience and cybersecurity programs responsible for enhancing the Department’s planning, programs, and military capabilities to provide mission assurance through installation and operational energy and cybersecurity resilience policy development, and execution of initiatives for domestic and overseas installations.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Niemeyer worked in the private sector from 2014 to 2017 as the founder of The Niemeyer Group, LLC. From 2003 to 2014 he served on the professional staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services where he was responsible for a wide portfolio of national security programs, including military installations, ranges, world-wide basing, energy programs, facility privatization initiatives, military budgets, unit readiness, industrial base, and environmental issues. He also provided oversight for military logistics and sustainment programs as well as Air Force and Navy acquisition programs.

Secretary Niemeyer is an Air Force veteran, retiring in 2008 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with 15 years of active and five years of Virginia Air National Guard service working within the installation engineering and military plans community. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.


Rapidly advancing technology to enable smart homes, buildings, and industries is outrunning the security needed to protect our lives, privacy, and resources. Increasingly, we depend on integrated, digital control systems to govern and monitor all aspects of our daily lives. Millions of control systems convert virtual commands into physical activities. These automation systems are vital to the operation of all U.S. critical infrastructures, facilities. While digital technology improves efficiency, the downside is exponentially increased vulnerability to cyber exploitation or attack. Whether it is a nominal incident perpetrated by a mischievous individual or a massive, coordinated breach to strike fear in a nation, it is critical that stakeholders takes note of cyber threats and their implications. There is no better way to understand what the threat landscape looks like than to review what has been happening in our industry. For this session we’ve invited The Honorable Lucian Niemeyer currently working many of these issues for the federal government in the Office of Management and Budget to address emerging threats, documented attacks, and the impact and relevance to building owners and operators


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