Acting Director, Defense Contract Management Agency
James M. Russell is the Acting Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency. As the Acting Director, Mr. Russell is responsible for leading a Department of Defense agency that consists of more than 11,300 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 20,000 contractors and more than $236 billion in unliquidated obligations.
In addition to the Acting Director position, Mr. Russell also fills the agency’s Deputy Director position. Prior to becoming the Deputy Director for the agency, he was the Executive Director of Financial and Business Operations/Comptroller for DCMA. He was the senior adviser to the DCMA Director on the management of the organizations business infrastructure. His duties included strategic planning; resourcing and budgeting; agency review, assessment, and evaluation; and business development and marketing. He was responsible for an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion per year.
Mr. Russell began his government career as a Supply Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy with tours at sea aboard the USS Callaghan and at the Defense Logistics Agency. He began his civilian career at DLA as an analyst in the DLA Operations Research Office in Richmond, Va. In 1987, Mr. Russell moved to Defense Contract Administration Services Region-Chicago as a Senior Operations Research Analyst.
In 1990, Mr. Russell transferred to DLA Headquarters to accept the position of Senior Studies Director for Acquisition Management. Following that assignment, he served as the Senior Program Director on the DLA Program Objective Memorandum Team, leading financial programming efforts in support of both Defense Logistics Support Command and Defense Contract Management Command. In 1998, Mr. Russell was named Director of Strategic Planning, Programming and Analysis in DCMC where he led strategic and business planning, performance planning, resourcing, management review and assessment, and the command’s unit cost and activity based management systems.
Mr. Russell graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science. He received a master’s degree in Finance and Organizational Behavior from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Mr. Russell also earned a master’s degree in National Resources Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
Current as of November 2013