From the Deputy Executive Editor


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Dr. Mary Redshaw, Deputy Executive Editor, Defense ARJ

Dr Mary RedmanThe Defense Acquisition University (DAU) welcomes the appointment of Dr. Mary Redshaw as Deputy Executive Editor of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal and Deputy Director of Research at DAU. She brings 21 years of uniformed military service and two decades of public and private experience supporting the military and federal government. Dr. Redshaw has a broad and varied background from which to draw in her new collateral duty as Deputy Executive Editor for the Defense Acquisition Research Journal through such varied assignments as editor of the Pioneers’ Progress (1989–1991) and as a contributing editor and chapter author for the Systems Engineering Handbook published in 2006 by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Her military career included assignments as communications technician, surface warfare officer, naval flight officer, and aerospace engineering duty officer. She became the first woman in the U.S. Navy’s history to achieve warfare qualifications in both surface and aviation operations. As an acquisition professional whose career spanned military and civilian assignments, Dr. Redshaw was instrumental in milestone decisions for multiple items of user equipment in the Navy’s Global Positioning System Program Office and for the ACAT IC Joint Standoff Weapon.

After retiring from active duty in 1994, she supported or led research and acquisition programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), and the Naval Air Systems Command before accepting a position with the DAU faculty in 2003. At DAU, Dr. Redshaw developed DAU’s online Level II Systems Engineering Course, receiving accolades for her efforts from the highest levels of DAU and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

A proponent of life-long learning, Dr. Redshaw earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science; graduate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Business Administration, and National Resource Strategy; and advanced degrees in Engineering Management (PhD) and Educational Leadership (EdD). She completed DoD’s Senior Acquisition Course while attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University as well as the former 20-week Program Management Course and the current Level IV Program Manager’s Course (PMT 401) at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC).


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Dr. Redshaw is Level III certified in program management, systems engineering, and test and evaluation. Additionally she achieved certification through two prominent international associations as a Project Management Professional and a Certified Systems Engineering Professional.

Dr. Redshaw will continue to serve in her current capacity within the Executive Program Management Center, DSMC, a DAU business unit co-located with the university’s headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

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