Day 1- Gary R. Bliss

BlissMr. Gary R. Bliss is the Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. PARCA carries out performance assessments of Major Defense Acquisitions Programs (MDAPs) and conducts root cause analyses for MDAPs with Nunn-McCurdy breach status or when requested by senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials.

Mr. Bliss previously held the position of Deputy Director, Enterprise Information and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Studies in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). His responsibilities included oversight of the five OSD-funded Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, the OSD’s university research program, as well as review and development of innovations to overhaul the AT&L enterprise management systems.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Bliss served 13-years as the Director of Office of the Director, Program Analysis & Evaluation Weapon System Cost Analysis Division (WSCAD). WSCAD’s ten staff members constitute one of the two offices dedicated to OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) functions, and is responsible for the preparation of independent development and procurement cost estimates for major systems that range from munitions (e.g., tactical missiles) through platforms (e.g., helicopters, submarines, fighter aircraft, tanks, etc.). As such, Mr. Bliss has been a key player in DoD’s most important system decisions by the Services, OSD and the Congress.

Generally recognized in both industry and government as a leading authority on the economics of defense procurement, Mr. Bliss has an established track record in institutional reform/reengineering. He is often asked to speak to varied audience on these topics, to include:

  • Management information system governance and reengineering
  • Manufacturing enterprise reengineering
  • Acquisition institutional reform

    Gary has a BA, Mathematics and Economics (Highest Honors in Economics) from College of William and Mary.

Day 2 - Lesley Anne Field

fieldLesley Anne Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President, and served as the Acting Administrator from September 2008 through November 2009 and again from January through June 2012.  Prior to joining the OFPP staff, Lesley served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as a contracting officer, program analyst, and procurement policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary.

Lesley received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech.  She completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2007, is a 2008 winner of the Federal 100 Award, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Day 3 – Andrew J. Sherman


Andrew Sherman is  recognized as  a Leading Strategist on Uncovering Hidden Opportunities. He is partner at the Jones Day law firm, author of over 25 books and professor on corporate growth and harvesting intellectual assets. Inc. magazine recognized Sherman as one of the 19 leading resources and advocates for growing companies in the nation, in 2006. Fortune magazine named Andrew Sherman one of the Top Ten Minds in Small Business in 2001. Andrew is an adjunct professor of business management, strategy and planning at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Adjunct professor in the MBA program at Georgetown and Georgetown Law. He founded the Small and Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum in 2001 and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Andrew has been interviewed by or mentioned in various pieces published by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Daily Deal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, Legal Times, The San Francisco Examiner, The Washington Times, Forbes magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine, Inc. magazine,, Dun & Bradstreet Reports, Black Enterprise magazine, and countless other news sources.

Several of his recent titles include Harvesting Intangible Assets, Uncover Hidden Revenue in Your Company’s Intellectual Property from 2011, Raising Capital, 3rd edition from 2012 and Essays on Governance from 2012.  His twenty-sixth book, co-authored with Elizabeth Vazquez, Buying For Impact:  How Buying From Women Will Change the World, was published in February of 2013.