DAU Gets New President

The U.S. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has a new president. She is Katrina McFarland, selected in December 2010. She will be tasked to build upon DAU’s outstanding reputation as the DoD’s primary learning institution while overseeing the development and expansion of acquisition curriculum and learning opportunities. This includes addressing the ever-changing Defense Acquisition climate as required by the Under Secretary of Defense’s (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) “Better Buying Power” initiatives, and the recent National Defense Authorization Act directions and guidance.

DAU, which services 147,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce, provides practitioner training, career management, and services to enable the acquisition, technology, logistics, and requirements community to make smart business decisions and deliver timely and affordable capabilities to the Warfighter.

Prior to joining DAU, McFarland was the Director for Acquisition for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). She began her civil service career in 1986 as a general engineer at Headquarters Marine Corps where she was accredited as a materials, mechanical, civil and electronics engineer. She has received awards for her efforts in the joint arena of CEC, C2 and Theater Missile Defense integration. McFarland is DAWIA Level-III-certified in program management, has a professional engineer license and has attained her PMP certification.

The U.S. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has a new president. She is Katrina McFarland, selected in December 2010. She will be tasked to build upon DAU’s outstanding reputation as the DoD’s primary learning institution while overseeing the development and expansion of acquisition curriculum and learning opportunities. This includes addressing the ever-changing Defense Acquisition climate as required by the Under Secretary of Defense’s (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) “Better Buying Power” initiatives, and the recent National Defense Authorization Act directions and guidance.

DAU, which services 147,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce, provides practitioner training, career management, and services to enable the acquisition, technology, logistics, and requirements community to make smart business decisions and deliver timely and affordable capabilities to the Warfighter.

Prior to joining DAU, McFarland was the Director for Acquisition for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). She began her civil service career in 1986 as a general engineer at Headquarters Marine Corps where she was accredited as a materials, mechanical, civil and electronics engineer. She has received awards for her efforts in the joint arena of CEC, C2 and Theater Missile Defense integration. McFarland is DAWIA Level-III-certified in program management, has a professional engineer license and has attained her PMP certification.

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