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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics – Human Capital Initiatives

Program Management

Career Responsibilities

Responsible for acquisition planning, assessing risk (technical, cost and schedule), and contract tracking and performance evaluation.


Degree Requirements

All degree fields.


Functional Leader

Mr. James MacStravic portrait

Program Management

Mr. MacStravic currently serves as the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD(A)). In this position, he advises the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)), the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Department of Defense Acquisition System, acquisition program management, and the development of strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare, command and control, and business systems. The ASD(A) also oversees two defense agencies: the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).

From May 2014 to October 2016, Mr. MacStravic served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Tactical Warfare Systems. He was responsible for direct oversight of over 80 Major Defense Acquisition Programs across air, land, and naval warfare mission areas. He was a primary advisor to the USD(AT&L) for program management and acquisition matters, and for the portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation, and functional oversight of tactical warfare systems.

A career civil servant, Mr. MacStravic has also served in various positions within the Department of the Navy, the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium, the Department of the Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. MacStravic received a BS and MS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from George Mason University. Mr. MacStravic has received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the NAVSEA Medallion.

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. June 1984 – October 1990, Principal Naval Architect, Preliminary Design Division, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC
  2. November 1990 – October 1993, Head, Process Control Division, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. November 1993 – July 1995, Commander’s Development Program, Naval Sea Systems Command
  4. July 1995 – August 1999, Staff Specialist for Surface Warfare, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology), Washington, DC
  5. August 1999 – May 2003, Deputy Director, Armaments Cooperation Division, U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium
  6. May 2003 – January 2006, Staff Specialist for Joint Force Operations, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, DC
  7. January 2006 – October 2008, Deputy Director, 751st Electronic Systems Group (JSTARS), USAF Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB
  8. October 2008 – March 2011, Deputy Director, Airborne Networking Division, USAF Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB
  9. March 2011 – April 2014, Strategic Coordinator for the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, DC
  10. May 2014 – October 2016, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Tactical Warfare Systems, Washington, DC
  11. October 2016 – Present, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Washington, DC

EDUCATION:
1984 Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1989 Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1994 Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College
1997 Master of Business Administration, George Mason University
1997 National Security Studies Program, Syracuse University
2007 Air War College Senior Leader’s Course (Correspondence)
2008 Executive Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION:
- Licensed Professional Engineer (Mechanical Engineering), Commonwealth of Virginia
- DAWIA Level III Certification in Program Management and Engineering
- Member, Navy Acquisition Professional Community, Air Force Acquisition Corps