Speaker Profile: Mr. Gary Bliss

 

Gary R. Bliss is currently the Deputy Director, Enterprise Engineering and OSD Studies in the office of the Undersecretary, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)).  His responsibilities include oversight of the five OSD-funded Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), the OSD’s university research program, as well as review and development of innovations to overhaul the AT&L enterprise management systems. 

He is perhaps best known from his recent position as the longstanding Director of OD(PAE) Weapon System Cost Analysis Division  (WSCAD).  WSCAD’s ten staff members constitute one of the two offices dedicated to OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) functions, and responsible for the preparation of independent development and procurement cost estimates for major systems that range from munitions (e.g., tactical missiles) through platforms (e.g., helicopters, submarines, fighter aircraft, tanks, etc.).  As such, Mr. Bliss has been a key player for more than twelve years in DoD’s most important system decisions by the Services, OSD, and the Congress.

Generally recognized in both industry and government as a leading authority on the economics of defense procurement, Mr. Bliss has also an established track record in institutional reform/reengineering including:

  •       Management information system reengineering helping to develop a broad-based re-definition of the core management systems used to coordinate the far-flung value chain of major defense program focusing on the key signals that individual decision makers face throughout the supply-chain — at both the prime and vendor.
  •       Manufacturing enterprise reengineering conducting studies of the potential for savings from enterprise reengineering reviewing in considerable detail the four basic enterprise-wide systems:  design/engineering; manufacturing shop floor performance; supplier-chain management; and overhead/indirect functions.
  •       Public/Private Competition acting as a principal economic advisor on the Source Selection Evaluation Boards for both McClellan AFB and Kelly AFB public/private competitions.
  •       CCDR Project Office as the architect of the initiative that reengineered DoD’s Contractor Cost Data Reporting (CCDR) system.

Ga  Gary has a BA, Mathematics and Economics (Highest Honors in Economics) from College of William and Mary and done PhD graduate work at School of Business, University of Chicago. 

 

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