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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense
for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)

Small Business

Career Responsibilities

Maximizes small business opportunities by conducting market research, advising and formulating small business utilization strategies for acquisitions, providing business advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs to grow small business industrial base.

Degree Requirements

All degree fields.

At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Functional Leader

Dr. James J. Galvin portrait

Small Business Programs

Dr. James J. Galvin joined the Office of Small Business Programs for the Department of Defense as the Deputy Director for Policy and Procurement in May 2015.

Dr. Galvin leads the development and implementation of policies and procedures for Small Businesses to contribute to the modernization of the $285B Department of Defense (DoD) Industrial Base. His portfolio includes legislative affairs, acquisition regulations and performance management. He works with the DoD Acquisition leadership, stakeholders across the federal government and the businesses of the DoD Industrial Base to facilitate the acquisition of timely and innovative national security solutions through government contracts with Small Businesses.

Prior to joining OSBP, Dr. Galvin was a Program Manager for over 110 energy and water projects on military installations. While on special assignment at DoD from the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) his role was to develop and implement a program to demonstrate innovative technologies to improve energy security. In conjunction with his work at DoD, he also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Galvin retired from the Army as a Colonel after serving in a variety of Aviation and Operations Research assignments. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal for his military service. In addition to being a Senior Army Aviator, he is also Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault qualified.

Dr. Galvin earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and he is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He currently serves in the federal government’s Senior Executive Service.