ABOUT THE AUTHORS
LTC Michael V. R. Johnson, Sr., US Army, has over 20 years of operational and acquisition experience. His most recent assignment was with Headquarters, Army Special Operations Command as Acquisition Branch Chief. Other acquisition assignments include: Maintenance Engineer with Communications and Electronics Command; Training with Industry at Martin Marietta; Project Director at Simulation Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM); and the first Project Director for the Distributed Interactive Simulation Office. LTC Johnson's operational assignments include: aviation assignments in Fulda, Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, at Fort Carson, Colorado with the 4th Infantry Division as a Company Commander in the Aviation Brigade, Brigade Plans Officer for a Mechanized Infantry Brigade; and as the Operational Aviation Officer for the 4th Division, and at Fort Knox as a Cavalry Platoon Leader with the 2/6 Cavalry Brigade. LTC Johnson has a Masters Degree in Contract Acquisition Management and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the Harvard Graduate School of Business's Program for Management Development, the Army's Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Systems Management College's Advanced Program Manager's Course. He is rated in the OH-58, AH-1 and UH-1 helicopters. He is also Airborne and Ranger qualified.
LtCol Mac McKeon, US Marine Corps, has 20 years of aviation service, flying the F-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder, and the F/A-18 Hornet. His most recent assignment was as the Operations Officer, Marine Aircraft Group-31 at MCAS Beaufort, SC. LtCol McKeon began his acquisition career as the Program Manager for the USMC Land and Training Area Requirement System at the Defense Training and Performance Data Center in Orlando, FL. Subsequent acquisition assignments include Project Manager for USMC/USN KC-130 Flight Simulators and as Pro-gram Manager for USMC and DoD Virtual Reality R&D programs at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, FL. LtCol McKeon graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a B.S. in Political Science. He received his M.S. in Computer Systems Management/Information Technology in 1991 from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business's Program for Management Development, the USMC Amphibious Warfare School, and the Marine Command and Staff Course.
Lt Col Terence R. Szanto, US Air Force, has 13 years of acquisition experience at the program office, Air Staff, joint, and international levels. He was most recently assigned to Headquarters Air Force, providing recommendations for $24 billion of the $450 billion Air Force Future Years Defense Plan. In a joint acquisition assignment in the Republic of Korea, he coordinated military technology cooperation programs. At the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, he upgraded the B-1 and B-52 aircraft mission planning systems for smart and conventional weapons capabilities, and maintained 238 tactical aircraft mission planning systems deployed at 150 locations worldwide. His first acquisition assignment was at Space Division, Los Angeles AFS, CA. Lt Col Szanto spent a career broadening assignment in F4-E aircraft maintenance at George AFB, CA. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981 with a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and received an MBA from Pepperdine University. Lt Col Szanto is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business's Program for Management Development, is a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officers School and Air Command and Staff College, and will attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces this fall.