Mary Rose McCaffrey

Vice President, Security,

Northrop Grumman

Mary Rose McCaffrey is vice president, Security, Northrop Grumman. Her team enables security performance across all  programs for customer compliance, risk management and the protection of Northrop Grumman personnel, facilities, programs, both classified and unclassified.  

 She led the development of NG’s converging classified networks at three levels which is foundational for digital maturity. Ms. McCaffrey engages customers to enable innovative security solutions. Her team leads the crisis management framework. She is actively engaged in the company’s DE&I and mentoring the next generation. Ms. McCaffrey is the Senior Program official for the NG Insider Threat Program. She is one of two industry representatives on the Executive Steering Group for the Performance Accountability Council/Program Management Office supporting the implementation of Trusted Workforce 2.0.  

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. McCaffrey held leadership positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Agency, ODNI, and the Department of Defense. In these previous roles, she enabled the delivery of global security solutions.  She led numerous initiatives while in government. She was the Director of the CIA’s (DCIA) security advisor and routinely interfaced with senior leaders throughout the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Congress and Industrial Partners. She led Business Continuity for the Agency.

Ms. McCaffrey served at the National Reconnaissance Organization as the director of security and counterintelligence leading a multi-Agency organization responsible for the United States National Technical Collection Systems.  She integrated security and counterintelligence into a single organization. Ms. McCaffrey participated in the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) following the 9/11 attacks, working to coalesce sixteen Intelligence Community Agencies. She was part of the team that prepared the language of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act following the creation of the ODNI in 2003. 

Ms. McCaffrey earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont and has completed multiple leadership programs including the Kellogg School, Northwestern University, MIT and CIA.  She received the DCIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal June 2017, Presidential Rank Award, October 2015, the National Intelligence Reform Medal, November 2008 and the National Reconnaissance Leadership Award 2006. Ms. McCaffrey is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association, National Defense Industry Association, American Society of Industrial Security, Intelligence & National Security Alliance Security Policy Reform and Insider Threat working group   She is the founding chairman of the Chief Security Officer Council for WashingtonExec.