What can I do? How might I make a difference competing with China and other adversaries? Obtain ideas and insight from LTG David Bassett, Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) who has made a difference managing programs of all sizes across the spectrum, from development to production. This session will include an opportunity for audience questions.
12:00-1:00 p.m. (ET) | 9:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Who Should Attend
Those in government and industry, from all functional areas, who work in defense acquisition and want to learn ways they can help our warfighters maintain an enduring advantage.
Competing to Win Series:
Attending these sessions will help you relate the work you do in defense acquisition to the Great Power Competition (to learn more click here) shaping our national security environment. Learn ways to meet the challenge and help the US maintain its competitive advantage! Session format is curated conversation with thought leaders from across DoD, industry, academia, and the acquisition workforce, followed by live Q&A.
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Speaker: Lieutenant General David G. Bassett Director, Defense Contract Management Agency
Army Lt. Gen. David G. Bassett is the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency. As the director, he leads a Department of Defense agency consisting of more than 12,000 civilians and military personnel who manage more than 300,000 contracts, performed at 15,000 locations worldwide, with a total value in excess of $7 trillion.
Bassett assumed leadership of DCMA on June 4, 2020. He came to the agency after serving as Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) since January 2018, where he was responsible for the development, acquisition, fielding and support of the Army’s tactical network, a critical modernization priority.
Bassett was commissioned into the Signal Corps in 1988 through ROTC concurrent with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. As a junior officer, he served in Germany in tactical positions with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.
Following the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course and completion of a Master of Science in Computer Science through the University of Virginia, Bassett was assigned to the U.S. European Command Staff, where he served as the Requirements Analysis and Interoperability Action Officer, J6.
He transferred to the Army Acquisition Corps in 1999 and was assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as Operations Officer, Communications and Electronics Command Software Engineering Center. Bassett went on to manage software development efforts for the Army’s Future Combat Systems program. He then served on the Joint Staff as the Ground Maneuver Analyst, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8.
From July 2009 to May 2012, Bassett served as the Army’s Project Manager for Tactical Vehicles within the Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS). He then managed the Joint Program Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development award.
In September 2013, Bassett was appointed Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems, where he managed the portfolio of the Army’s combat vehicle fleet including major modernization efforts to Abrams, Bradley, Stryker and self-propelled howitzer programs while also initiating the Army’s Armored-Multi Purpose Vehicle program. Previously, he served as Deputy Program Executive Officer for CS&CSS.
Bassett is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.CImage
Moderator: Cliff Calhoun, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs , DAU, South
Cliff Calhoun is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for DAU South on Redstone Arsenal, AL. His previous experience includes two years as a senior program manager in industry and 24 years of active-duty Army service. In the Army, he served as Product Manager for Integrated Tactical System, Deputy PM for FCS Manned Ground Vehicle Survivability, and as a Contracting Officer. Cliff is a DAU certified Executive Coach and holds DAWIA Advanced Certification in Program Management and Contracting Professional Certification in Contracting.