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Rear Admiral (R) Kathleen M. Dussault, BA, MS, MS, MSM, BS, LM, DSSM


Rear Admiral (R) Kathleen M. Dussault, BA, MS, MS, MSM, BS, LM, DSSM - U.S. Navy (Retired) - Senior Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http://newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Rear Admiral (R) Kathleen M. Dussault, BA, MS, MS, MSM, BS, LM, DSSM

Rear Admiral Kathleen M. Dussault retired from the United States Navy in 2012 and is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. She earned a B.A. in American Government in 1977 from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a M.S. in Contracts and Procurement Management in 1986 from Saint Mary’s College, a M.S. in National Resource Management in 1999 from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and has completed the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 2003.

Rear Admiral Dussault has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. Her senior-level leadership experience includes:

  • 2009 to 2012: Director, Logistics Programs and Corporate Operations, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy.

Oversaw staff of 60 senior logistics specialists in providing policy and resourcing for the delivery of Global Logistics to joint, maritime and Navy customers.  Oversaw implementation and expansion of enterprise resource planning system to optimize planning, budgeting and execution of multi-billion dollar budget; resulted in improved financial management and decision making across the Naval enterprise.

  • 2008 to 2009: Commander, Joint Contracting Command Iraq/Afghanistan

Responsible for all contracting in support of 150,000 U.S. Forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, overseeing over $7 billion of commodity, services and construction capabilities. Installed automated management system that connected battlefield spending with Department of Defense enterprise reporting systems.  Worked closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and performed grants management of public/private ventures to support international investment directed to the rebuilding of Iraqi industrial base.

  • 2007 to 2008: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition and Logistics Management

Oversaw the performance and credentialing of an acquisition workforce of over 8,000 contracting professionals.  Developed policy and governance for approval of acquisition plans, strategies and post-award execution of contracting actions in excess of $70 billion. Key figure in development and use of the rapid acquisition model for critical expeditionary weapon systems.  Worked closely with Congress to maximize opportunities for small business and broaden defense business competitive alternatives to a wider constituency.

  • 2005 to 2007: Director, Defense Logistics Agency Acquisition

Responsible for the development, application and oversight of DLA acquisition policy, plans, programs, functional systems and operations.   As the Component Acquisition Executive for DLA, held overall acquisition management responsibilities for the Agency, including an annual Agency acquisition program exceeding $38 billion.  Led the expansion of Strategic Sourcing Alliances to manage long-term partnerships with sole source suppliers.

Rear Admiral Dussault’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Bronze Star, Navy Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, and various unit citations, campaign medals and service medals.

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Rear Admiral Kathleen M. Dussault is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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