John Lawless is Program Director for Leadership Support at the Defense Acquisition University. He served as Director of Contracting and Logistics at DAU and its forerunner, the Defense Systems Management College, from 1998 to 2005. He retired from the United States Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in September 1999 after more than 22 years of active duty as an Army Aviator and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. Prior to his assignment at DAU, he was Director of the Joint Technical Coordinating Group on Aircraft Survivability from 1994-97. He served as a Contracting Branch Chief at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command from 1989-91, and as Chief of Materiel Fielding for the UH-60 Black Hawk Program from 1984-87. His overseas service included transportation, supply, and maintenance assignments in Korea (1982-83) and Germany (1978-80).
Mr. Lawless is a 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his commission through the Army ROTC program. In 1988, he earned his Master of Science degree in Acquisition and Contract Management at the Naval Postgraduate School, and he is a 1992 graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. Following a year of Training with Industry at the Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Technologies Corporation, he completed the DSMC Program Management Course, Class 93-2.
Mr. Lawless was named a Certified Professional Contracts Manager in 1988 and a National Contract Management Association Fellow in 1993. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.
Mr. Lawless is married to the former Barbara Coss of Waterbury, Connecticut. They have a daughter, Patricia, and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.