Ross Thompson joined the faculty at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in November 2015 as the Senior Acquisition Executive in-residence. He provides consulting, mission assistance, and executive coaching to Defense Program Executive Officers, Program Managers, and senior leaders in both the Defense Department and commercial industry.
A retired Army Lieutenant General, Mr. Thompson currently serves as a commissioner on the 2016 NDAA Section 809 panel charged with making recommendations on actionable changes to regulatory and statutory language to improve the Department of Defense acquisition process. He advises senior government and industry leaders on strategy, program management, technology, contracting, budgets, process improvement and workforce development
Prior to joining DAU, Mr. Thompson served as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for ABM Facility Solutions Group (FSG), an integrated facilities management company with over $700 million in annual revenue and 7,100 employees across the U.S. and in 10 international locations. While with ABM, he was also serving concurrently as the President, ABM Government Services, one of the three operating companies within the Facility Solutions Group. He provided overall direction and guidance to enterprise-wide activities and led efforts to accomplish established corporate growth goals, both domestically and internationally. Both revenue and profit had double-digit growth for five consecutive years across the three operating companies.
Prior to joining The Linc Group in April 2010, Mr. Thompson served for 36 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant General. His last assignment was as the Principal Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), the Army’s senior acquisition officer. In this position he directed the Army’s acquisition workforce, the program managers for all of the Army’s weapons systems, and provided policy and programmatic direction for the Army’s contracting and research and development programs.
Mr. Thompson held numerous multidiscipline command and staff positions throughout his Army career. As the Army’s Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation, he managed the allocation of financial resources for the annual program that exceeded $200 billion annually, as well as managed the career development of the operations research/systems analysis workforce. He also led the Army-wide deployment and training of the Lean Six Sigma program, personally receiving a Lean Six Sigma black belt for his project that made continuous improvement part of the Army culture.
Mr. Thompson’s last command position was the Commanding General, United States Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan, responsible for worldwide logistics, technology, and contracting support for Army ground systems. In this position he led a workforce of more than 15,000 personnel with an annual budget authority over $10 billion. The Army’s five ground system maintenance, manufacturing, and supply depots quadrupled their workload over three years, while implementing Lean Six Sigma in response to wartime demands after 9-11.
Mr. Thompson is a distinguished military graduate of the College of William & Mary, earning a degree in biology. He also has a master’s degree in operations research/systems analysis (engineering) from George Washington University, as well as a master’s in international relations from Salve Regina University. He is a graduate of the Naval College of Command and Staff and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, receiving master’s degrees in National Security Decision Making and Resource Management.