Taking DoD Contracting From Good to Great
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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Charlie E. Williams Jr., who became the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency on May 4, 2008, oversees an organization composed of approximately 9,900 professional civilian and military employees located at more than 700 locations around the world. DCMA is responsible for the administration of about 324,000 contracts with unliquidated obligations of more than 180 billion awarded to more than 17,000 contractors. DCMA accepts approximately 750,000 shipments of supplies and some 1,200 aircraft each year in addition to managing over 100 billion of government property and administering about 32 billion of contract fi nancial payments each year. In February, Williams took the time to discuss his vision for making DCMA a great organization, how to cultivate the right talent and personnel to ensure organizational success, and other topics. Air Force Maj. Michelle Brunswick, DAU professor of acquisition management James P. McNulty, DAU professor of systems acquisition management and Denise M. Wheaton, DAU professor of acquisition management provided consulting services on the development of this interview.